• 11/22/2017 to
Package Highlights:
Performance in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeCelebratory Dinner & Dance PartyCommemorative patchMemories to last a lifetime
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Package Inclusions

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade Marching Band Program Inclusions

McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Your McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade package includes:

  • Performance in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Elegant Dinner and Dance Party
  • Access to nationally known adjudicators
  • Quality hotel accommodations
  • Commemorative patch
  • One free base package for every 50 participants
  • Rehearsals with nationally renowned band directors
  • Specially arranged music and CD for pre-trip rehearsals
  • Director’s gift and souvenir for every participant
  • Quality hotel accommodations
  • Academic credit opportunities for students
  • Professional development for directors
  • Medical, accident, and liability insurance coverage

Overview Video

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade Band Overview Video


Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Chicago!
  • Hotel Check In Check in to your hotel and then get ready for a great evening.
  • Director’s Reception Elegant Dinner & Dance Party Enjoy the Director's Reception where you will meet the other directors. Follow the reception with an Elegant Dinner and Dance party.
Day 2 Parade Day!
  • Happy Thanksgiving March through the heart of Chicago as part of the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade.
  • Explore Chicago The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy some fun in Chicago, such as the Skydeck at Willis Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, or shopping along Michigan Avenue.
Day 3 Explore the Windy City!
  • Tour the sights Visit the famous Shedd Aquarium, explore the Field Museum of Natural History, or take a boat tour on Lake Michigan. Chicago is full of performances to attend as well, like Blue Man Group, ComedySportz, or many theater productions.
  • Optional Performance You may also choose to select an additional performance opportunity today.
Day 4 Experience All Chicago has to Offer...
  • Explore Chicago After a good night’s rest, enjoy Chicago a bit more before heading home! Or, extend your stay for another day or two to maximize your Chicago experience.