Downtown parade brightens Thanksgiving Day

DOWNTOWN – The annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade had some of us walking on air – some literally and some with glee.

The parade on Thursday, Nov. 28, stepped off at 8:45 a.m. from 20th and Market streets and strutted east towards Broadway.

On a gray Thanksgiving Day, thousands of St. Louisans and visitors flocked downtown to watch and cheer the colorful spectacle, which included more than 130 parade units.

Giant helium balloon figures took to the air, wrangled by teams of holders. Despite a few mischievous shouts from the crowd urging the wranglers to set their characters free to soar into the sky, the vast balloons sedately and safely bobbed their way through the parade route.

Mounted police and Newfoundland dogs pranced along (in separate units). Green and red tractors, a giant shopping cart, inflated airplanes and Shriners in tiny cars mingled with snowmen, elves, a massive turkey and a bright blue St. Louis skyline complete with Santa’s sleigh flying through the Arch.




Meticulously restored antique cars and firetrucks added their history to the youthful energy and spirits of uniformed marching bands from around the region, as well as inventively pajama-clad marchers.





At the end of the parade, Santa wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.


June Heath


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