November 26th, 201938 views
If you don’t
stay out partying too late on Thanksgiving Eve, start your Turkey Day off on
the right foot by attending one of Philadelphia’s most time-honored traditions.
The 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade
in the country—and is brimming with top talent, giveaways, live performances and
much more—and it’s all just minutes from your 1500 Locust apartment.
The parade is
celebrating its 100th year in 2019—meaning expect it be even bigger and better
than ever! Hundreds of contingents will participate in the beloved event,
including eye-popping inflatable balloons (with many of the 1,000 volunteers keeping
them afloat throughout the parade!), elaborately decorated floats, marching bands
from around the nation, dance troupes, musicians, Philly sports celebs (keep
your eye out for everyone’s favorite, Gritty!) and much more.
The event kicks
off at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 28 at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard, heads east toward
16th and over to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, continuing on to the
Philadelphia Museum of Art for its grand finale. That route puts your 1500
Locust apartment just four blocks from a prime spot along the parade route.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Arrive early: If you’re snagging a
spot near 16th and JFK, make sure to get there long before the start time, as
real estate will be in high demand. While some flock to the Art Museum area to
see the finale performances, being right along the beginning of the route puts
you closer to all the action, so you can be sure to grab the giveaways that
many contingents toss out (and get back home in plenty of time to baste the
morning is often a chilly affair here in Philly, so layer the sweaters and
scarves. Pack a blanket or two and a few pop-up chairs to really get comfy.
canned good: One of the
most well-known traditions in the parade is the Boy Scouts’ collection of
canned goods. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, local Scouts fan out
along the route with shopping carts to collect donated cans that they will then
take to local food pantries. So clean out your own pantry and bring along a bag
of donations to help make someone’s holiday a little bit brighter!