Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and while you’re at home stuffing a turkey and preparing for a big dinner with loved ones on November 28th, Chrysler Group will be celebrating in a big way for the third consecutive year. Twenty-seven Chrysler vehicles will take part in the 80th McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Chicago, transporting celebrities, dignitaries, floats, and Santa Claus himself down State Street. Chrysler Group is the official automotive sponsor of the parade.
In addition to providing the slew of vehicles, Chrysler Group will also showcase its celebrity partners and media drivers. Ryan Salzwedel, host of “Ram Weekend Workbench” will greet spectators from the back of his Ram 1500 and Elliott Bambrough of WGN’s “Chicago’s Best” will ride along in the back of a Jeep Wrangler. Kuno Wittmer, SRT Motorsports Team driver who competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and took the victory at this year’s Road America, will pilot a 2014 SRT Viper GTS in the parade.
“Getting the opportunity to share in this time-honored Thanksgiving Day tradition is a real privilege for the Chrysler Group,” said Gualberto Ranieri, Senior Vice President - Communications, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are especially excited to see Santa increase the power and fuel economy of his ride from eight reindeer to the Hemi V-8 with an eight-speed transmission in the new 2014 Dodge Durango.”
Automotive journalists and Chrysler Group employees from the Belvidere, Illinois, Assembly Plant will take part by driving the remaining 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks, Dodge Durangos, and Jeep Grand Cherokees to tow floats and dignitaries. Chrysler 200 convertibles, Fiat 500 Cabrios, and Jeep Wranglers will carry additional parade celebrities and dignitaries.
In addition, Chrysler will have an official parade entry using one vehicle from each of its six brands including an all new Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Chrysler 400, and Adrenaline Red 2014 SRT Viper GTS.
For those of us who won’t be able to make it to Chicago for the big parade, it will be broadcast live on WGN 9 Chicago and WGN America on Thanksgiving Day from 8 to 11 a.m. (CST).