Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on 6abc Guide 2019: Here's what you need to know

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Click here for the 6abc Dunkin' Thanksgiving Day Parade website

The 6abc Dunkin' Thanksgiving Day Parade is known for having something for everyone - featuring 23 marching BAND, s from across the nation, 15 balloons, 16 floats, 30 performances, as well as fan favorites from music, stage and screen right here in Philadelphia!

Here's everything you need to know about the parade, now in its 99th year!
PARADE TIME

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019

Time: Parade kicks off at 8:15 am from 20th & JFK in Philadelphia

Broadcast on 6abc: 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. The parade will broadcast in high definition and closed-captioned

Hosts: Action News' Cecily Tynan, Rick Williams along with Adam Joseph, Karen Rogers, and Alicia Vitarelli

PARADE ROUTE

* 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

The route is FREE and open to the public!

PARKING INFORMATION:

* Metered street parking is FREE on Thanksgiving Day.
* NO PARKING ZONES will remain in effect
* For a list of garages and parking lots, visit PhilaPark.org/locator

ROAD CLOSURES

* Wednesday, November 27, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Eakins Oval between Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive closed for street rehearsals.
6:30 p.m. - Eakins Oval closed for rehearsals and site build until conclusion of parade on Thursday, November 28.
7 p.m. - Inbound lanes of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, from 20th Street to Schuylkill Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic until conclusion of parade on Thursday, November 28.
9 p.m. - Outbound lanes of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, from 20th Street to Schuylkill Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic until conclusion of parade on Thursday, November 28.

* Thursday, November 28, 2019
2 a.m. - Market Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 19th Street to 20th Street until conclusion of parade.
6 a.m. - Market Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 19th Street to 22nd Street until conclusion of parade.
7:30 a.m. - Parade route closed to vehicular traffic.

BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA
Cast of Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical "Best Day Ever"
Cast of "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" "Holidazzle"
Cast of "Jesus Christ Superstar" "Superstar"
Cast of "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical"

2019 MARCHING BANDS

A.I DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL TIGER MARCHING BAND, DELAWARE
BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, GEORGIA
BEN DAVIS MARCHING GIANTS INDIANA
BRUNSWICK MARCHING PIRATES GEORGIA
COLQUITT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GEORGIA
EAST HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND, PENNSYLVANIA
FREEDOM PATRIOT BAND, PENNSYLVANIA
GULF COAST HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING SHARKS FLORIDA
GUNTERSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CRIMSON GUARD ALABAMA
JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, OHIO
JACKET PRIDE MARCHING BAND, LOUISIANA
KINGSWAY REGIONAL MARCHING BAND, NEW JERSEY
MARY G. MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL BAND, ALABAMA
MORGANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, WEST VIRGINIA
PENNSBURY HIGH SCHOOL BAND, PENNSYLVANIA
PRIDE OF PORTAGE MARCHING BAND, INDIANA
SPIRIT OF TWIN LAKES HIGH SCHOOL BAND, INDIANA
TOURNAMENT OF BAND, S ALL-STAR MARCHING BAND, VARIOUS STATES
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE MARCHING BAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE
WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY GOLDEN RAMS MARCHING BAND, PENNSYLVANIA
WHITE KNOLL HIGH SCHOOL BAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

2019 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
"100 Magic Moments"
Ferko String Band
Kathy Sledge "We Are Family"
Eagles Cheerleaders & Drum Line
Cupid "Cupid Shuffle"
Blazen Divaz Drill Team "Holiday"
Dancin' On The Parkway "Move"
Russel Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics "Greatest Hits Medley"
Aloe Blacc & Cast "Wake Me Up"
The Dunkin' Dancers "Boogie Shoes"
Pennsylvania Ballet "The Nutcracker"
"A Celebration of 100 Magical Parades" Medley
West Chester University Marching Band "Winter Wonderland"
Youth Choir "Sing"
Varsity Spirit All Americans "Everlasting Love"
CAPA Students "A Tribute To Donna Summer"
Yolanda Adams with the choirs "Victory"
Cast of "Shrek: The Musical"
"TBA abc Star" "TBA"
The Lancerettes High Kick Team "We Need A Little Christmas"
IL Divo & Cast "O Holy Night"
TBA Big Star "TBA"
The Cardettes "Merry Christmas from Texas Y'all"
Finale

2019 SPECIAL UNITS

Ribbon Cutting of the 6abc Dunkin Thanksgiving Day Parade
Mayor Kenney
Cavalcade of Cars
Ginger Zee From GMA
US Postal Service Letters to Santa
Double Decker Bus with Eagles Players
Calisthenics Revolution
Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse
LumiNature
Clown Group #1
American Heritage Vehicles
Our Beloved Philadelphia Mascots
The Phillie Phanatic
Gritty
Soulman
Phang
Franklin
Swoop
Clown Group #2
Dunkin Community Cruiser
Miss America's Outstanding Teens & Misses in 5 Convertibles
PA Ballet Wrapped Double Decker Bus
Clown Group #3
Darby Fire Company
Philabundance Truck
Garrison Carida: Local Chapter of The 501st Legion
Pilgrims and Native Americans
The Wheelman
Philadelphia Fire Dept

2019 CHOIRS

Allamuchy Township
Allamuchy, NJ
Allentown Central Catholic High School
Allentown, PA
Avon Grove Intermediate School
West Grove, PA
Burlington Township Middle School
Burlington, NJ
Christa McAuliffe Middle School
Jackson, NJ
Connexions: A Community Based Arts School
Baltimore, MD
Cook-Wissahickon
Philadelphia, PA
Dorothy L. Bullock Elementary School
Glassboro, NJ
East Hills Middle School
Bethlehem, PA
East Pennsboro Area High School
Enola, PA
Eisenhower Science & Technology Leadership Academy
Norristown, PA
Glassboro Intermediate School
Glassboro, NJ
Hammonton High School
Hammonton, NJ
Hammonton Middle School
Hammonton, NJ
JT Lambert Intermediate School
East Stroudsburg, PA
Laurel Springs School
Laurel Springs, NJ

Mannington Elementary
Salem, NJ
Marlton Elementary
Upper Marlboro, NJ
Northwestern Lehigh Middle School
New Tripoli, PA
Pocopson Elementary
West Chester, PA
Post Oak Middle School
Spotsylvania, PA
Riverside Elementary School
Moosic, PA
Robert K. Shafer Middle School
Bensalem, PA
Salem Christian School
Macungie, PA
Silver Springs Martin Luther School
Plymouth Meeting, PA
St. Gregory the Great Academy
Hamilton, NJ
St. Ann School
Wilmington, DE
St. Joseph the Worker School
Orefield, PA
St. Michael the Archangel Regional School
Clayton, NJ
St. Peter Cathedral School
Wilmington, DE
The Center School
Somerset, NJ
Tunbridge Public Charter School
Baltimore, MD
Willingboro High School
Willingboro, NJ
Woodbury Junior - Senior High
Woodbury, NJ

2019 TAP SCHOOLS

To be announced.

SPONSORS

Title Partner:

Dunkin' (dunkindonuts.com)

Major Corporate Sponsors:

Acme Markets (acmemarkets.com)
Ram Trucks (ramtrucks.com)
NRG (nrg.com)
Verizon Fios (verizon.com)
Forman Mills (formanmills.com).

PARADE BACKGROUND

This is the 100th year of Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Gimbel's started the tradition in 1920, and the department store continued to produce the parade until the company went out of business in 1986.

That's when WPVI-TV and its corporate sponsors stepped in.

6abc, which produces the parade in its entirety, has continued to build Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day tradition, adding ABC Network celebrities, stars from music stage and screen, Disney characters, and local personalities, including members of the Action News team.

OTHER TELECASTS

WATM - Johnstown-Altoona, PA ABC
WBOC - Salisbury, MD Fox21 (EBOC)
WJET - Erie, PA ABC
DCW50 - Washington, D.C. CW
WSWB - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA CW
WTVD - Raleigh/Durham, NC ABC
WWHO-TV Columbus, OH CW
WZVN-TV Fort Myers, FL ABC

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