Holiday

Thanksgiving Day Parade

When: Thu., Nov. 24, 8:45 a.m. 2016

This Thanksgiving, save a thought for the band parents of the region, who have already been awake for hours while you're still in bed. Why do they get up so early? Because the Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 8:45 a.m. this morning at Seventh and Market streets (www.christmasinstlouis.org), and chances are their kid is an integral piece of one of the high school marching bands that swell its ranks. More than 130 units ranging from antique fire trucks to giant helium balloon creatures march in the parade, and you can't effectively march without music. Of course Santa Claus famously closes the procession and officially welcomes in Christmas season, but that's a month away. Save your applause for those marching bands (and their dauntless parents) — they've more than earned it.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission