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Enjoy Chicago’s Free Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and Parade – Saturday Nov 19th

Enjoy Chicago’s Free Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and Parade – Saturday Nov 19th

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Bring friends and family to Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Saturday Nov 19th for the nation’s largest evening holiday event, the 20th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (click at bottom for all the details). The highly anticipated lighting procession, led by Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, steps onto Michigan Avenue at 5:30pm and features a host of Disney friends, more than 30 floats, giant balloons, exciting marching bands, celebrities, musical performers and, of course, Santa. More than one million lights on 200 trees along

The Magnificent Mile will be illuminated this magical evening. The procession culminates with a spectacular fireworks display along the Chicago River. Columbia Records multi-Grammy Award-winning inspirational recording act Mary Mary will kick off The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in the Broadcast Viewing Zone on Michigan Avenue, outside Wrigley Building with their holiday number, “Tis the Season.” Dance and drill team troupes South Shore Drill Team, Happiness Club, Endure, Dance Factory and the Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance will all be part of the opening number to help kick off the Lights Festival procession. Mary Mary will also close the festival with their hit “Shackles (Praise You)” supported by Chicago’s very own The Soul Children of Chicago and Chicago Mass Choir.

Insiders tell us that latecomers typically gravitate more towards the intersection of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue or the stretch of Michigan from Superior to Ohio Streets, so they recommend families go to the east side of the street on the north end of the parade route to get a good view. Our favorite spot?  — the intersection of Oak Street and Michigan Avenue, where kids can see Mickey Mouse leading the way.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will feature a full day of festivities including family-friendly activities in Lights Festival Lane, live entertainment from top artists in Pioneer Court on the BMO Harris Bank Stage and tons of holiday shopping throughout the district. Fireworks conclude the festivities just before 7:00pm, and then you can shop during extended hours (most stores are open until 10pm)

Read more at Free Things to Do in Chicago: http://chicagofree.info/2011/11/17/enjoy-chicagos-magnificent-mile-lights-festival-and-parade-nov-19th/#ixzz1e1X02rOvImage