Thanksgiving Day Parade

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 7th Street and Market Street 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.

Parade Route

2017 Parade Route

2017 Honorary Grand Marshals

TBD

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)

2017 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