Thanksgiving weekend kicks off St. Louis’ holiday celebrations

November 26, 2013 by  

The Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade is returning to downtown St. Louis for the 29th year this weekend. The parade will travel from North 4th Street and Washington Avenue, along North 4th Street, onto Market Street, and will finish at 10th Street.

This year’s Grand Marshall is the well-known artist Mary Engelbreit. She also created the picture used in the coloring competition which helped to choose the Junior Grand Marshall, Natalie Stoner. The parade will feature plenty of floats, marching bands, and storybook characters, and of course Santa Claus will be a part of it.

The next day, the 5th annual Holiday Magic is returning to America’s Center. It will feature free carnival rides, demonstrations by the Purina Incredible Dog Team, music, and dance performances on the main stage. There will also be free treats, pony rides, photographs with Santa Claus, and more than 40 vendors.

It is likely that the organizers of both events will be advertising extensively in the area, which includes nearby Manchester. Local printing companies often help with this by providing products such as flyers to be distributed.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade is taking place on November 28 beginning at 8:45 am, while Holiday Magic will be held from November 29 to December 1. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children, while photos with Santa have an extra charge. For more information about both events, and other holiday events in the city, visit the Christmas in St. Louis website.