Annual Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade marches down State Street

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Festive sights and sounds shut down a stretch of State Street in the Loop on Thursday morning so thousands could revel in the holiday spirit. (WLS)

The annual McDonalds Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade marched down State Street on Thursday morning.

Festive sights and sounds shut down a stretch of State Street so thousands could revel in the holiday spirit.

Children from all over came to watch the parade and talk about what they were thankful for this year.

The parade featured marching bands and giant inflatable balloons was well as performances from tumblers, dancers and even the Harlem Globe Trotters. The parade's grand marshal this year was Chicago native Matt Walsh, an actor in HBO's comedy show "Veep."

Many of the kids had no idea that the jolly old man in the suit was going to make a cameo, too!

The parade got underway at 8 a.m. at State Street and Congress Parkway and went down to Randolph Street.
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