philadelphia thanksgiving day parade
Today is one of our favorite holidays of the year and we can’t wait to celebrate with great food and company tonight. If you’re up early today, head to Center City to check out the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. Whether seeing in person or watching on TV, the Thanksgiving Day Parade is quite a sight for both children and adults. With tons of elaborate floats, marching bands and celebrity appearances, it’s fun for the whole family.
What may be surprising is the history of the parade in Philadelphia. The famous Macy’s parade in New York City may be the most well-known, but the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is actually the oldest in the country, premiering in 1920! Ellis Gimbel, one of the founding brothers of Gimbels Department Store had the original idea. His thoughts were to have the parade not only kick off the holiday shopping season but also to show shoppers that Gimbles was THE place to buy your holiday gifts. After the store closed in 1987, WPCVI took over with sponsorship from Boscov’s. Today, the main sponsor of the parade is Dunkin Donuts. What started with 50 Gimbels employees is now a spectacular presentation with thousands of people involved.
If you’re heading to the parade, it begins at 20th and JFK Boulevard and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, covering a total of 1.4 miles. If you’re tuning in from home, you can watch it on 6ABC from 8:30am-12pm. Check out their website for more information at http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wpvi/html/tdp2015/index.html.
From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!