Chicago will return to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday for the first time since the '90s.
Founding member James Pankow says technical limitations prevent the band from playing live. Even so, it's a fun experience and big honor to be asked to appear in the most famous of all the Thanksgiving parades.
He says, "We're actually not performing, musically, because, you know, you're on a moving vehicle -- there's no AC, electric power, to power equipment or anything."
James talks abouthow the float for a musical group is set up:"What the parade really is -- a tape loop of your music that you have recorded that's playing throughout the parade. And you're waving to all of the folks on the sidewalks and then you're waving to the television audience as well, as your music playing."
James Pankow recalls a previous parade appearance impacted by bad weather:"One year we did this, it was freezing rain. You're trapped on that float, it's almost two hours. It winds up at Herald Square and our float was a winter scene -- fur trees, with snow on them, an ice skating pond. These little kids, they're supposed to be skating on the pond and laughing and having a good time and waving and singing along with the music, are miserable."
Chicago will announce their 2020 tour next week.