Dann Cuellar's 6abc Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade preview

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- There will be 17 marching bands from across the nation, 18 balloons, floats, performances as well as fan favorites from music, stage and screen.

"The weather is supposed to be fabulous and on a fabulous weather day, we average between 600 to 800 thousand people on the parade route, on the parkway & what not," said Todd Marcocci, parade co-producer.

The annual parade, the longest running Thanksgiving Day parade in the country, has been a tradition for many families across the region.

"It's just like a kind of feel good kind of moment," said Anita Holland. "Kind of gets you into the spirit of the holidays."

Even as late as Wednesday morning, show producers have been getting emails from people wanting to be in the parade, which involves some 10,000 people, but they've been booked for months.

"It's funny how people think that you just throw a parade together in a snap of a finger, but it is months and years of planning," said Marcocci. "Literally the 100th anniversary is coming up in 2019, so we're moving into 2018 and 2019."

The countdown to the 2017 parade is officially on! You can watch along from the comfort of your home on 6abc beginning Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.

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Dann Cuellar's 6abc Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade preview on Action News at 6 p.m., November 22, 2017

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