Final preps under way for Thanksgiving Parade

PHILADELPHIA - November 21, 2012

After 11 months of planning the 6abc/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is coming together.

About 800 plus dancers refined their moves on the Art Museum steps and Miss America was also on hand Friday, practicing a Christmas song.

The Pennsbury High School marching band along with the kids of the Walnut Street Theater, worked on the steps for "The Music Man"

"The last couple of days, we pull all the entities together and they all come together to perform as one unit. We rehearse it out on the street a couple days before and it all works," said John Best, Supervising Producer.

Nearby TV technicians checked shots as Rick and Cecily start getting ready. Ok it was actually Lee Johnson and Steve Sacks, sitting in as lights were adjusted.

Between the two of them, they have worked many Thanksgiving Day Parades as part of the crew that brings it all to your living room. For Sacks it began in the 1960's

"Started in 66 and I have been doing it ever since. I may have missed a year but I don't think so," he said.

"I haven't been doing it as long as him. However the Thanksgiving Day Parade is always a tradition. Going back to when it was on Market Street, I used to go as a very little boy," said Johnson.

Coverage of the parade begins at 8:30 a.m. on 6abc. You can watch on-air and online at, on the 6abc smart phone apps and on the 6abc iPad app.

For more details, including a list of performers, balloons, floats and guests, visit the Thanksgiving Parade section of

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