Every volunteer role is important with the Parade, as you are vital to our goal of creating smiles across the nation – right from State Street in Downtown Chicago. We help provide three hours of free, family entertainment every Thanksgiving morning.


Banner Carriers

These volunteers are actually IN the parade! You and a partner will carry a banner introducing a performance group, celebrity, sponsor or other important person to the streetside audience.

You may walk up to two miles on Parade day.

Poo Crew

It’s exactly what you think it is, but you’ll join a group of people having more fun than you’d ever imagine. Dress up yourself, your cart, your shovel, and make the streets clean by following the equestrian units.

You may walk up to two miles on Parade day.

Block Marshals

Help the Parade staff control the pace of the Parade, using teamwork and communication with your fellow Marshals and leaders of the performing groups. The Route Marshals help make the entire production look smooth and polished.

Apply Today

Find out more about all of our available volunteer positions by clicking here.  Remember, you must apply to be a volunteer by October 15.  This is going to be one of the coolest things that you’ve ever had a chance to be a part of.