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Welcome to Christmas in St. Louis
Welcome to Christmas in St. Louis - Home of the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Macy's Festival of Lights. For 29 years, our non-profit, all-volunteer organization has been dedicated to promoting activities that inspire people to show their unique holiday spirit while enhancing the texture and heritage of the St. Louis community. We expect over 130 parade units, such as musical floats and displays, giant helium balloon figures, animal units and marching bands from around the St. Louis region.  As always, Santa Claus will be present to wish everyone a Merry Christmas at the end of the parade.

The parade will be held on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013.  As in past years, it will start in downtown St. Louis at 8:45 AM.


We are honored to have Mary Engelbreit, world renowned graphic artist and illustrator, as our Honorary Grand Marshal. Mary has commissioned a special coloring poster for our first ever Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade Coloring Contest. The winner of the coloring contest will be named Junior Grand Marshal and receive an exciting ride in the parade! 



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2013 Parade

29th Annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Holiday Happenings



  • 33 states were represented by athletes; winning male from Minneapolis; winning female from Austin.
  • 1,333 finishers·  $1,500 donated through the online registration to Operation Food Search.
  • Over a thousand pounds of canned goods donated.
  • 200 pairs of awesome Brooks socks given out for beating the Turkey.
  • All athletes traversed 12,884 feet of the Eads bridge 88 feet above the fourth longest river in the world, the mighty Mississippi.