Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade

When: Thu., Nov. 23, 8:45 a.m. 2017

Thanksgiving is a tough holiday to celebrate outside of the home. People expect to be feasted, and that's a tall order for a public event. The Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade is an interesting solution to that problem, opting instead for musical floats, giant helium balloons and a baker's dozen of high school marching bands from throughout the metro area. It's a great way to start your four-day weekend, especially if you can get the kids out of the house quietly so the partner who cooks can sleep in a little bit. The parade steps off at 8:45 a.m. today at Seventh and Market streets ( and finishes with the arrival of Santa Claus, whose solemn duty it is to usher in the month of Christmas.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission