Outside of the delicious food, part of the excitement of Thanksgiving is watching the fun and lively parades on TV. If you are from the Philly area, the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade is a yearly watching tradition along with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (but we’re not going to group them in the same category). This year, the special parade is celebrating 100 years of being around!
The 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade is not only great because it is based in Philadelphia, but its also special because it is officially the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country! The first parade of this sort that took place in the city was on Thanksgiving Day all the way back in the year 1920. At the time, it was called the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade, as the once popular Gimbels department store sponsored the parade. The parade featured Gimbels employees dressed up, parade floats, marchers, and at the end, Santa Claus on the eighth floor toy department at Gimbels climbing up a Philadelphia Fire Dept. ladder.
In 1986, Gimbels went out of business, and Boscov’s and WPVI (what we know as 6ABC) took over the sponsorship. After the recession of 2008, Boscov’s gave up sponsorship and Dunkin’ Donuts succeeded in 2011. It is now the Thanksgiving parade we know and love!
Since it’s beginning, the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a wonderful event to showcase the talent of Philadelphia, which often includes local school bands, the mummers, etc., as well as big and beautiful floats of our favorite TV/movie characters! If you plan on watching the parade from the comfort of your home or are making the trip to go this year, here’s everything you need to know!
- Date: Thanksgiving Day- Thursday, November 28, 2019
- Beings at 8:15am from 20th and JFK
- Broadcast begins at 8:30am and runs until 12pm
- This years’ hosts will be Cecily Tynan, Rick Williams, Adam Joseph, Karen Rogers, and Alicia Vitarelli – a wonderful group that is bound to bring the fun and joy of this special holiday!
- Begins at 20th and JFK Boulevard
- Proceeds east on JFK to 16th Street
- Turns left on 16th Street to the Ben Franklin Parkway
- The parade continues northwest along the Ben Franklin Parkway
- Ends at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Have fun and don’t forget to enjoy some delicious food while watching the parade!