Enjoy Thanksgiving the Philadelphia way
What would Thanksgiving be in Philadelphia without the annual 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade? Spectators of all ages marvel the massive floats and glittery, eye catching costumes of parade participants as they gracefully march down the streets of our beloved city.
Who doesn’t love the big sounds of a marching band, or spiraling bright colored flags of the color guard squads who have been entertaining us for the last 91 years. The 92nd Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off Thanksgiving Day at 8:30am from the intersection of 20th Street and JFK Boulevard, traveling 1.4 miles to the steps of the Art Museum, sponsored by 6ABC and Dunkin Donuts. Step outside and enjoy this nostalgic tradition, and if you’re lucky you may spot one of many celebrities at the telecast area. Which is directly in front of the Museum of Art, where reserved grandstand seating is available to VIPs and sponsors only.
This time honored tradition began in 1920 by the Gimble Brothers Department Store for the people Philadelphia, and was later continued by 6ABC when Gimble Brothers closed their doors in 1986. The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade has been named the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in America! It is often considered the official welcoming of Santa and the Christmas season.
After the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade tune into NBC10 for the National Dog Show hosted by the American Kennel Club, broadcasting at noon. The dog show is filmed on November 19th and 20th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, but will not broadcast until Thanksgiving Day on Philly’s NBC10 television station.
Over 2,000 beautiful canines from across the country will be competing among seven official groups in order to be named “Best in Group“. Once they are crowned the “Best in Group” they will continue on to battle for one of three ribbons among the golden title of “Best in Show”. This year’s show ambassador is Eli, a Belgian Sheepdog, who is a local trained therapy dog who aided emergency personnel during the 9/11 attacks. Click here to see an interview with Eli and his owner Sherry Hanley.
For more information on attending this annual event, brought to you be Purina, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/kennelclubofphiladogshows#!/kennelclubofphiladogshows?sk=wall
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