Thanksgiving Day Parade

2016 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade

Celebrating its 32nd year, the 2016 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 24 from 7th Street and Market Street in Downtown St. Louis. The parade will be broadcast live on KMOV-TV Channel 4, awarded an Emmy for their production of the 2015 parade.

We expect over 130 parade units, including musical floats and displays, giant helium balloon figures, animal units, restored antique cars and firetrucks, and marching bands from around the St. Louis region. As always, Santa Claus will be present to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas at the end of the parade.

Parade Route

2016 Parade Route begins at 7th and Market Street and travels west on Market Street to Union Station and ends at 20th Street. Click here to see a map of this year’s parade route.

2016 Honorary Grand Marshals

We will be announcing the 2016 Honorary Grand Marshalls of the 32nd Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade soon.

Past Honorary Grand Marshals

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Voss (2015)
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Voss (2014)
Mary Engelbreit (2013)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jeffrey Bonner (2012)
Harlem Globetrotters, Girl Scouts of America and Vincent Bommarito (2011)
Ernie Hays (2010)
Mike Shannon, Boys Scouts of America (2009)
Major Robert Behnken, NASA (2008)
Marjorie Failoni, Disney’s High School Musical (2007)
Major General Jack Waggoner, US Army (2006)
Taylor Twellman, Nikko Smith, Nancy Kerrigan (2005)


Marching Band Contest & Blanket Donation

As part of the annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade, marching bands will be judged on music performance, marching and general effect.  Trophies for the top five bands will be awarded to the winners.  In addition, a trophy will be awarded to the Outstanding Percussion Section, Outstanding Drum Major and Outstanding Guard Unit.

Judging the marching bands will be band directors from area colleges and universities.

All band members are encouraged to bring a blanket to keep warm while waiting to enter the parade.  As they enter the parade route, the blankets are collected by volunteers and donated to St. Louis Catholic Charities and Pilgrim Congregational Soup Kitchen for distribution to those in need.

Come cheer them on!

2016 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Band Parade.

Belleville East High School Belleville, Illinois
Bond County High School Greenville, Illinios
Collinsville High School Collinsville, Illinios
John Ford Pipe Band St. Louis, Missouri
Mater Dei Catholic High School Breese, Illinois
McCluer South / Berkeley H.S. Ferguson, Missouri
Mehlville High School St. Louis, Missouri
Normandy High School St. Louis, Missouri
Northwest High School Cedar Hill, Missouri
Ritenour High School St. Louis, Missouri
Winfield High School Winfield, Missouri