It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the 29th annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade of more than 130 units -- floats, bands, giant balloons, animals, marching bands and Santa himself -- in downtown St. Louis.
When: 8:45 a.m. today.
Route: Starts at North Fourth Street and Washington Avenue, proceeds south on North Fourth to Market Street, west on Market to 10th Street.
Broadcast: Live on KMOV-TV Channel 4's "Great Day St. Louis."
Grand marshal: Mary Engelbreit, St. Louis' own world renowned graphic artist and illustrator.
Marching bands: Belleville East, Collinsville and Mater Dei will be among 13 high school bands marching and competing in the parade. In 2012, Belleville East took first place overall and Collinsville was second.
St. Louis Holiday Magic
If you're looking for some Holiday Magic for the entire family, head to the America's Center in St. Louis Friday through Sunday.
The annual event draws thousands in search of shopping at more than 40 vendors and entertainment options including hands-on arts and crafts projects, trackless train rides, pony rides, performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team, live music and dance performances, 10 full-scale carnival rides and photo opportunities with Santa and Snowflake.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: America's Center, downtown St. Louis.
Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 seniors (age 55-plus), $8 children 3-12 (2 and under are free); $6 advance tickets for groups of 10 or more. Photos with Santa are at additional cost.
A kids activity area includes Paint-a-Poinsettia by Walter Knoll Florist, decorating Christmas cookies, build birdhouses with the Carpenters Union, face painting and Rams Kick, Pass and Punt.Purina Petting Zoo, performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team and pet adoptions
Continuous live entertainment by local choirs, bands, musicians, jugglers, puppeteers and dancers on the Main Stage.
Information: For a complete entertainment schedule, go to www.stlholidaymagic.com.