ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Thursday marks the 32nd year for the Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown St. Louis.

Chairman of Christmas in St. Louis Ken Mallin says the parade is ranked best in the country by U.S. News and World.

This year, there are two honorary grand marshals: St. Louis Blues legend Bobby Plager, because this season is the Blues’ 50th anniversary; and the National Parks Service, because it is celebrating its 100th anniversary of serving the country.

“We’re expecting to have the Blues Cruiser and about 40 to 50 kids wearing St. Louis Blues sweaters,” Mallin says. “Hopefully bring along with them their hockey sticks as part of the parade.”

Mallin says there will be over 135 units in this year’s parade, including marching bands, specialty floats, and of course – Santa Claus, himself.

The parade starts at 8:45 a.m. at the Ballpark Hilton. The route is west on Market Street to Union Station.

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