The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade has had many esteemed Grand Marshals of the past (and yes, there is only one ‘l’ in Grand Marshal). From Top Athletes to Talented Actors and Actresses, there are some famous faces that have graced State Street as its top Honored Guest.

2017
Ronald McDonald, noted icon around the world, served as Grand Marshal for the 2017 Parade.

2016
Matt Walsh, accomplished actor who plays Mike McClintock in Veep, was the parade’s Grand Marshal.  Matt is a native Chicagoan and founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv group.

2015
David Arquette, star of stage and screen – and one time WCW World Wrestling Champion, was the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Parade. He was starring as the lead role in Broadway in Chicago’s Sherlock Holmes.

2014
Dee Snider, former lead singer of Twister Sister, was the 2014 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade Grand Marshal.  That year, he was performing in his Rock and Roll Christmas Tale in Chicago.

2013
Drew Sidora lead the 2013 Thanksgiving Parade as Grand Marshal.  The actress was starring at T-Boz in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

2012
In 2012, WWE Champion and Chicago native CM Punk served as Grand Marshal of the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade.

As you go back further in time, you’ll see that Olympic Softball Legend Jennie Finch, Flashdance and Chicago Code Actress Jennifer Beals, and Emmy-award Winning Actress Holland Taylor served as Grand Marshal of the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade.

What famous celebrities will be in the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade this year?  And, who will take on the role of Grand Marshal?  Stay tuned to this web site or our Facebook page for all of the latest news on our nationally-televised parade.