Preparing for the Thanksgiving parade

PHILADELPHIA - November 25, 2008 - The preparations were underway all day Tuesday for the 89th annual extravaganza.

Red, white and green plastic strips were taped to the Art Museum steps, while Channel 6 technicians tested equipment for the telecast that will showcase 7,000 volunteers, marchers and performers.

"We have lots of new balloons, tons of marching bands and just lots of great energy," said parade co-producer Todd Marcocci.

At the local armory, 15 spectacular floats were waiting to rolled out for the big day. There were old favorites like Major Drumstick and, of course, the Santa float that will carry the man of the hour to his waiting chair in front of the museum.

Making its debut in the Narnia float.

"The Narnia float is brand-new, in conjunction with the Franklin Institute exhibition that's going on there. It's a really cool float, it has the big closet in the front and the white witch will be in the back," said Marcocci.

Rehearsals went on for about four hours Tuesday night and all day Wednesday. Then, Wednesday night, the floats will be taken out and lined up for the parade.

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