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  • McDThanksgvingParade

    Elmo's fire-engine-red-fur and sunshine nose are almost as colorful as his personality. Elmo is featured in 'Elmo's World' everyday on Sesame Street. In the parade, Elmo stood 45 feet tall and contained 52 hundred cubic feet of helium. In 2011, Elmo was presented by Case IH Agriculture.

  • Daniel Mulka

    Once in a lifetime opportunity, getting to take Elmo down State Street at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade. www.chicagofestivals.org/volunteer.html - anyone over 18 can do it!

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For years, Sesame Street's Big Bird, the world's most famous 8-foot, 2-inch big yellow bird has entertained millions of children and their parents with his wide eyed wondering at the world. In the parade he was even bigger, reaching 60-feet in the air! In 2011, Big Bird was presented by New Holland Agriculture.

Rocky J. Squirrel flying down State Street in downtown Chicago during the 2011 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade - presented by Kobelco Construction Machinery.

In 2011, Curious George appeared in a spacesuit while travelling down State Street in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade. Presented by New Holland Agriculture.

In 2007, Popeye worked his way up the parade route through the cold and snow to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.

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Directly from the North Pole, Kenneth the Blue Elf makes his way up the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade route in 2010. During his trip, the Kodak camera in his hand took pictures that were posted live on Facebook. In 2009, Kenneth was presented by Best Buy.

Scooby Doo waits in the balloon staging lot during the 2010 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.

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