2018 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade
Celebrating its 34th year, the 2018 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 22 from 20th Street and Market Street and proceed east towards Broadway in Downtown St. Louis. The parade will be broadcast live on KMOV-TV Channel 4, awarded an Emmy for their production of the 2015 parade.
We expect over 130 parade units, including musical floats and displays, giant helium balloon figures, animal units, restored antique cars and firetrucks, and marching bands from around the St. Louis region. As always, Santa Claus will be present to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas at the end of the parade.
New this year, one lucky group will have the opportunity to ride with Santa! Click on the link to bid in our 2018 Charity Auction.
2018 Honorary Grand Marshals
Dr. Frances Levine, President and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society.
Past Honorary Grand Marshals
Bobby Plager – St. Louis Blues (2017)
Michael M. Ward of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (2017)
Timothy Good of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (2017)
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Voss (2015)
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Voss (2014)
Mary Engelbreit (2013)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jeffrey Bonner (2012)
Harlem Globetrotters, Girl Scouts of America and Vincent Bommarito (2011)
Ernie Hays (2010)
Mike Shannon, Boys Scouts of America (2009)
Major Robert Behnken, NASA (2008)
Marjorie Failoni, Disney’s High School Musical (2007)
Major General Jack Waggoner, US Army (2006)
Taylor Twellman, Nikko Smith, Nancy Kerrigan (2005)
2018 Marching Bands
As part of the annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade, marching bands will be judged on music performance, marching and general effect. Trophies for the top five bands will be awarded to the winners. In addition, a trophy will be awarded to the Outstanding Percussion Section, Outstanding Drum Major and Outstanding Guard Unit. Come cheer them on!
Congratulations to the 2017 Marching bands that participated in the Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Results of Marching Band Contest:
- 1ST Place Lindbergh High School Band
- 2nd Place Collinsville High School Band
- 3rd Place Belleville East H.S. Band
- 4th Place Mater Dei Catholic H.S. Band
- 5th Place Northwest (Cedar Hill, Mo.) Band
Participating Bands in the 2017 Parade:
|Belleville East High School||Belleville, Illinois|
|Collinsville High School||Collinsville, Illinios|
|Jennings High School||Jennings, Missouri|
|John Ford Pipe Band||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Lindbergh High School||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Mater Dei Catholic High School||Breese, Illinois|
|McCluer South / Berkeley H.S.||Ferguson, Missouri|
|Mehlville High School||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Normandy High School||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Northwest High School||Cedar Hill, Missouri|
|Ritenour High School||St. Louis, Missouri|
|St. Charles West High School||St. Charles, Missouri|
|Winfield High School||Winfield, Missouri|