Parade Questions and Answers

I am interested in participating in Chicago 2016 / McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade. How do you select your performers?

  • Performers are selected by invitation only! If your team is interested in participating please call our office at 281-734-7165 or e-mail

What kind of routine will I be performing in the parade?

  • Coast2Coast Productions produces one production for the parade that will consist of approx. 150 performers. The performance is a high-energy production number based on a theme that is appropriate for the parade.

My parents want to know who will chaperone me while in Chicago.

  • In most cases your chaperone will be your dance team director. If she/he is not traveling with the group, then a veteran adult staff member, either male or female, will serve as your chaperone. Many of our staff chaperones teach dance and have an extensive background in working with young people.

May my parents attend?

  • YES! Your parents or family and friends may also experience the Chicago 2016 / McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade and Chicago by purchasing our spectator package. Please click the SPECTATOR TAB for more information.

What time should I tell my family to watch the performance on Thanksgiving morning?

  • The McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade begins at 8:00am (Central Standard Time). WGN has exclusive rights to our performance.

How do I get to Chicago to perform in the parade?

  • Transportation is not covered as a part of the ground package. You have the option of flying or driving. Only those participants, and\or spectators traveling with 25 or more on their flight itinerary will be met by a staff member at the airport on arrival day and taken back to the airport on departure day. All others will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the hotel.

Can you tell me more about our hotel in Chicago?

  • You will be staying at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers and/or Chicago Westin River North. The Sheraton is located at 301 East North Water St. Chicago, IL 60611: telephone number is (312) 464-1000

    The Westin is located at 320 North Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60654: telephone number is (312) 744-1900

    The McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade has the right to determine the hotel six (6) weeks prior to parade

What happens if I become ill while in Chicago?

  • A MEDICAL RELEASE/TV PHOTO RELEASE form will be available online soon for download. You must bring this form with you to Chicago. We will provide basic first-aid. The hotel has a doctor "on call" 24 hours a day. Medical treatment is at the expense of the participant/spectator.

What payment options are available?

  • We accept cashier checks, money orders, MasterCard, Discover Card and Visa. NO cash, personal checks or American Express.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

  • Email all questions to or contact us at the address/phone number below.

    Via mail, FedEx, UPS or any overnight service:
    Coast2Coast Productions
    Attn: Chicago 2016
    PO Box 2849
    Kilgore, TX 75663