As one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation, the Chicago Memorial Day Parade is definitely one worth attending. Gracing the streets of Chicago since 1870, the parade honors all those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our country and is a day to be thankful for what we have. This year, participants include area high school Marching Bands, Drum and Bugle Corps, many Veterans’ groups, JROTC and the military. The parade draws about 10,000 spectators every year. The event begins with the wreath laying on Daley Plaza’s Eternal Flame at 11, and parade officially starts there at noon.