On the Great Lawn at the Museum of Science & Industry, volunteers get hands-on practice maneuvering a giant balloon of Odie (from the "Garfield" comic strip) at the annual Parade School, a one-day session for balloon volunteers taking part in the 2012 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade. Photographed on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times
Volunteers gather on the Great Lawn at the Museum of Science & Industry on Saturday morning to practice maneuvering Odie, a giant balloon resembling a character from the “Garfield” comic strip. Odie is one of many balloons featured in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade held on State Street in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00 a.m.