ABS! Thanksgiving Parade

Al B. Sure! To perform at the Thanksgiving Parade in Philly

Once again, the holiday season in Philadelphia kicks off with the traditional Thanksgiving Day parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Hosted by Rick Williams and Cecily Tynan, the parade airs live, 8:30 a.m. to noon, on 6ABC.

Adam Joseph, Karen Rogers and Alicia Vitarelli report from the parade route.

Stepping off from 20th and Market streets, the 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country. Featuring 4,000 marchers, the parade, now in its 96th year, is made possible with the help of 750 volunteers.

In addition to a myriad of imaginative balloons and floats, this year’s special guests include five-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick and her son Damon; actress Tichina Arnold (“Martin,” “Survivor’s Remorse”); soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd; the cast of “A Christmas Story”; the cast of “Pippin”; the cast of “The Sound of Music”; R&B recording artist Al B. Sure with Lady B (Old School 100.3); “American Idol” season 13 winner Caleb Johnson; Maureen McGovern, Philly Disco Divas First Choice (“Armed and Extremely Dangerous”); Bianca Ryan; Jerry Blavat; the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders; Disney superstars Mickey & Minnie Mouse; the Disney Princesses Disney on Ice “100 Years of Magic” with a special appearance by Anna and Elsa; Keystone State Boychoir; Pennsylvania Girlchoir; Lauren Hart; and the Pennsylvania Ballet.

As they have since 1988, the talented students of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), under the direction of LaDeva Davis, will once again present a variety of rousing production numbers. Finally, in an exciting finale on the steps of Philadelphia’s famous Museum of Art, Santa and Mrs. Claus will officially open the holiday season.

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