Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition.
The city streets make way for massive floats and giant balloons, plus local performers from choirs, dance groups, marching bands and more. And Santa himself arrives in grand fashion, ushering Philadelphia into the holiday season.
Nearly 100 years old, the annual Thanksgiving Day parade promises another visual and celebratory feast and is the perfect early holiday treat to partake in with family or friends.
Decorative floats come in all shapes and sizes, often featuring kid-favorited characters.
The eye-catching highlight of the Thanksgiving Day Parade are the festive floats and massive balloons. The decorative floats come in all shapes and sizes, often featuring kid-favorited characters including a special visit from Santa.
Parades over the years have included everything from an elaborate float designed as a pirate ship to gargantuan balloons featuring Bugs Bunny, Strawberry Shortcake, Buddy the Dinosaur, a gingerbread man, The Penguins of Madagascar, Daniel Tiger and more.
The annual event also features appearances from special guests and performers from around the region and beyond. Look forward to performances from local choirs, recording artists, dance groups and more.
One of the best places to watch is at the parade’s finish at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The south side of Eakins Oval (in front of the Art Museum) is also recommended.
Other locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, like Logan Circle, are also good bets.
To warm up, guests can head to the nearby Comcast Building and catch the Comcast Holiday Spectacular on the massive Comcast Experience Video Wall.
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