Philadelphia’s 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade: A Time-Honored Tradition Returns

Philadelphia's 6abc Dunkin' Thanksgiving Day ParadeImage via Visit Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Thursday, November 23, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will come alive with the sights and sounds of Philadelphia’s 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade. As the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade, originally founded in 1920, this event is a cherished tradition for many in the City of Brotherly Love.

This festive event captivates audiences with larger-than-life floats that bring storybook characters and holiday themes to life. The parade features spectacular marching bands, including the Kingsway Regional High School Marching Band, who paid a visit to the Action News studios in anticipation of their performance.

The parade is also a stage for dazzling dancers showing off their skills in well-choreographed numbers. This year, the parade will also feature a performance by The Commodores, adding an exciting musical flair to the proceedings.

Of course, no Thanksgiving Day parade would be complete without Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their arrival marks the official start of the holiday season in Philadelphia, bringing joy to spectators of all ages.

Philadelphia’s 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade is more than just a procession; it’s a symbol of community spirit and a celebration of gratitude. It brings together locals and visitors alike, offering a moment of unity and festivity on Thanksgiving morning.

Whether you’re watching from the sidelines on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or tuning in from home, the parade is set to be a memorable start to the holiday season. So mark your calendars and prepare to kick off your Thanksgiving Day with this spectacular event.

Join Cecily Tynan, Rick Williams, and the rest of the 6abc team as they host Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition. Come rain or shine, the 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade promises to deliver a morning of joy, entertainment, and holiday spirit.

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