The 2014 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade Set For Thursday, November 27 With Massive Balloons, Huge Floats, Marching Bands, Special Guests And Much More

The 1.4-mile Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade is the oldest in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition.
(Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s that time of year, Philadelphia. The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes spectacular holiday sights like the annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition. A yearly spectacle now in its 95th year, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will transform into one epic visual display on Thanksgiving Day 2014, Thursday, November 28.

Giant balloons, festive floats, lively dancers, costumed characters, celebrities and marching bands (18 of them!) will parade through the city as the streets are lined with thousands of onlookers. New this year, The Oval, a seasonal pop-up park at Eakins Oval, will be the site of the first 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Zone featuring live music, warm beverages and family fun from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The parade and television broadcast begins at 8:30 a.m and ends at approximately noon. It’s going to be another rocking, confetti-filled celebration.

Of course, the parade is the unofficial kick-off of the holiday season, so it’s an absolute don’t-miss event whether you’re watching in person or on TV.

Or, you could just stay over in Philadelphia for the holiday weekend so you can wake up and be right next to the parade.

Hotel rates at Center City hotels start at just $99 on Wednesday night(!), and an official parade-sanctioned rate at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott — which will put you near the heart of the action — offers rates starting around $104 a night.

For even more great rates on holiday weekend hotels, check out the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package right here.

And stay tuned for much more on the holiday season in Philadelphia right here.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014
Begins at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Cost: Free
More info: and

Thanksgiving Day
The steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art offer an ideal viewing spot for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the country’s oldest and an iconic holiday season kick-off. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)


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