Nothing Says Thanksgiving Like Cleaning Up Horse Poo

2011 Audience3Most families sleep in, have brunch, and, in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, flip back and forth between the Macy’s parade and the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade.  This was my routine growing up, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m still figuring out what my Thanksgiving traditions look like in adult life.  I don’t live in the suburbs, I don’t have kids… I generally still go to my Mommy’s house for all the trimmings and a half-hearted attempt to enjoy football.

That leaves the morning free to establish a T-Day tradition of my own, and maybe it should be this:

The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is seeking volunteers to participate in its 80th trip down State Street.  Various roles are available, including Balloon Handlers, Route Marshals, Tech Crew, Hospitality, and Poo Crew.

You heard me right. Poo Crew.

You know all those horses in the parade? Somebody’s got to clean up after them.

Who’s with me?!?

Volunteer applications for the 80th annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade will be accepted through October 18, 2013.  For more information or to apply for the Poo Crew, visit  All volunteers are required to attend Parade School at the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Drive) Saturday, November 9, 9 am.  General admission to the museum is free to Parade School attendees for the rest of the day.


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