If you couldn't make it in-person, join ABC7 for our Sunday broadcast of the parade, hosted by Cheryl Burton and Alan Krashesky
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Thousands tested their cold endurance Saturday night in downtown Chicago, as the annual Mag Mile Lights Festival returned with all of its flash and excitement.
People lined Michigan Avenue to get a glimpse of the spectacular sights and sounds.
"I've been going since I was a baby. I love it," said CAin Guzman, who lives in Hammond.
The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicked off on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.
The festival parade features fabulous floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands and musical performances.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, along with Santa Claus, will soar down the route with lots of snow and cheer on the grand finale float, officially signaling the start of the holiday season.
"This is my first time so I'm a total noob, it's my first time around," said Casey House, from Buffalo Grove.
Chicagoans weren't going to miss one of the biggest events of the year.
"We come every year. We usually come down here and get pizza," said Loretta Sladek, from Berwyn.
The festive night ended with a fireworks show over the Chicago River.
"I'm listening to Christmas music in my AirPods right now, I'm really feeling it," said Amaya Guzman, from texas.
"It's very fun and I like it because my parents let me get a whole bunch of stuff," added Jordan Wiedman.
The event is just part of the weekend festivities, kicking off the holiday season in Chicago.
"It's been very fun. We went to the event yesterday as well for the tree," Jihyeon Na, who is visiting from Texas.
If you couldn't make it out in-person, join us for our broadcast of the parade on Sunday, hosted by Cheryl Burton and Alan Krashesky. You can watch it on Sunday night at 6 p.m. on ABC7.
Street closures are planned for Saturday's event.