Reminder: The 2012 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade Set For Thursday, November 22; Check Out A Photo Preview

The 2012 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring special guests, festive floats, costumed characters and more, returns this Thursday, November 22. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

The 93rd Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to kick off the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, November 22.

It’s going to be another can’t-miss visual spectacle bursting with festive floats, giant balloons, lively dancers, costumed characters, celebrities and marching bands.

Check out our comprehensive guide to the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade — the oldest in the entire country — right here.

A total of 18 marching bands will entertain parade crowds, along with annual favorite balloons and floats. (Photos by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

If you won’t be in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day, or aren’t planning to attend the parade in person, will be streaming the parade broadcast live, as well as the Adam Joseph Parade Fan Cam. 6ABC TV coverage of the parade begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon.

We’ve included a helpful interactive map of the parade route, and more photos, below.

Bonus: check out our roundup of where to eat Thanksgiving dinner at restaurants in Philadelphia.

2012 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
When: Thursday, November 22, begins at 8:30 a.m and ends around noon
Where: Begins at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Cost: Free
More info:

The 1.4-mile 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day parade is the oldest in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)
Some balloons to look out for include: Cookie Monster, Scooby Doo, Elmo, Hungry Caterpillar, The Lorax, Frosty the Snowman, T-Rex and everyone's favorite Kermit The Frog. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Previously: The 2012 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade Set For Thursday, November 22 With Balloons, Floats, Bands, Special Guests And More


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  1. The Gahanna Lincoln High School Marching Band from Ohio is not listed as a band in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade’s website. I called the station and talked to someone from the website but they failed to correct the omission.

  2. I’m interested in finding out how could I get information on a group to participate either by holding one of the balloons, or entering a float for the next 2015 parade.

    I would appreciate whateverlead you can provide. Thank you.

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