Thanksgiving Day Parade

2016 Ameren Missouri 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.

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

2015 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.

2015 Honorary Grand Marshals

We will be announcing the 2016 Honorary Grand Marshalls of the 32nd Ameren Missouri 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 Missouri 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!

2015 Ameren Missouri St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Band Parade Contest Results.

1st place – Belleville East – 90.0

2nd place – Collinsville – 83.0

3rd place – Mater Dei – 77.0

4th place – Northwest – 75.0

5th place – Winfield – 74.5

Outstanding Music – Collinsville

Outstanding Marching – Belleville East

Outstanding General Effect – Belleville East

Click here to see previous contest results.