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Oct 2 2013

Nation's First Thanksgiving Parade Gears Up For Its 94th Annual Run In Philadelphia

Floats, Marching Bands & Celebrities Make The Parade A Philly Family Favorite

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s favorite holiday traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking place this year on November 28. Almost a century after Philadelphian Ellis Gimbel created the Thanksgiving Day parade as a marketing tool to kick off the Christmas shopping season, the city that first introduced the turkey-day festivities will again celebrate the start of the season in grand style with the 94th annual 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Beginning at 8:15 a.m., 19 marching bands, dozens of celebrities and floats and thousands of performers from around the nation will step off at 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard for their march up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, culminating in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the arrival of Santa Claus.

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

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Tagged: Events, Fall, Family, Holidays

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