The holiday season is ushered into Philadelphia with the annual 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. In its 96th year, it is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition in its own right. In addition to the towering balloons and extravagant floats, performances by local choirs, dance groups, and marching bands make for a festive day in the city. To conclude the parade, Santa arrives to declare the commencement of the holiday season.
Floats in the past have included the patriotis Dunkin’ Donuts float, Campbell’s Thanksgiving Harvest float, and Verizon’s vibrant Under the Sea float. The balloon lineup features perennial favorites like Mr. Potato Head, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Dr. Seuss familiars like the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and the Lorax.
The best places to watch the parade are:
– The finish at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
– The south side of Eakins Oval
– Anywhere along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, like Logan Circle
Starts at 20th Street and JFK Blvd.
Ends at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art