|Jerome at the 2013 Volunteer Thank You Party|
It soon became a family tradition. Brandi, their daughter, is about to volunteer for her eighth parade. Their son, Marcellous, is about to volunteer for his seventh. Each year, after the parade is finished, they take a quick nap and then spend Thanksgiving with family eating and having fun.
|Brandi and Santa Claus|
|Jerome stands guard next to Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and WGN's Ana Beleval|
“First of all,” says Jerome, “It’s fun. Meeting new people every year, getting to know other families, learning about what it takes to put on an event like the parade and watching hundreds of thousands of smiles in the crowd. For me, I have fun looking after the big guy. Somewhere in my heart, I still believe in miracles. So, I believe in Santa.”
Your family can still apply to be a volunteer at the 2014 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade. To apply, please visit chicagofestivals.org/volunteer. The parade is on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, November 27) in downtown Chicago. You can also call Allison Prosek at (312) 239-0457 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Jerome, Santa and Mrs, Claus, and some of the Standard Force Family|
(Jerome's Protection Agency)