Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade: What you need to know

PHILADELPHIA — It’s time for Philadelphia’s annual 6ABC Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The annual parade begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Spectators are invited to see the parade in person this year, but for those who want to cook their meals, want to avoid the cold or can’t make it into town, the parade will be broadcast on 6abc.

Numerous protesters will take part in the holiday tradition.

A full list of protesters is below.

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Special guests include the Blue Man Group, Abbot Elementary stars Sheryl Lee Ralph and Quinta Brunson, C+C Music Factory, Smokey Robinson, Billy Flanigan, the cast of TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Debbie Gibson and the Cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, Jeopardy Champion Ryan Long, Eagles mascot Swoop, 76ers mascot Franklin to Dog, Union mascot Phang and many more.

As for floats and balloons, parade spectators will see Bugs Bunny, Mr. Potato Head, the Bumble Abominable Snowman, the Sounds of Music Float, the Bountiful Harvest Float, Smurfette, Peppa Pig, the Iconic Philadelphia Float, Thomas the Train, and many more others, of course, see Santa, among other things.

The Eakins Oval will feature a Parade Zone with food, giveaways and fun for the whole family.

The Dunkin’ Refuel Zone features free coffee samples, giveaways and a Dunkin’ Photo Booth.

RAM Trucks will be showing the latest models and will offer tours and have a prize wheel.

There will also be local food trucks in the Parade Zone.

The Boy Scouts also collect canned goods

Demonstrators disembark at 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, then head east on John F. Kennedy Boulevard to 16th Street.

Next, the route is north on 16th Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway, then west on Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Inner Lanes) to Eakins Oval

The protesters travel around the Eakins Oval to Kelly Drive and then spread out across Kelly Drive and the Spring Garden Extension.

Below are the participating groups in the parade:

marching bands

  • Clearview High School Marching Band, New Jersey
  • Decatur Central High School Marching Band, Indiana
  • East Hills Middle School Marching Band, Pennsylvania
  • Jasper High School Marching Wildcats Indiana
  • Kingsway Regional High School Band, New Jersey
  • Marching Band of Mt. Vernon High School, Indiana
  • Parkland High School Band, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsbury High School Marching Band, Pennsylvania
  • Pocono Mountain East High School Marching Band, Pennsylvania
  • Reynoldsburg Raider Marching Band, Ohio
  • Salem High School Marching Band, Virginia
  • Marching Band of Whiteland Community High School, Indiana

Special performance groups

  • Betsy Daily School of Performing Arts dancers, Pennsylvania
  • Dance 4 Life dancers, Delaware
  • Donna’s Dance Works, Pennsylvania
  • Garnet Valley High School Dance Team, Pennsylvania
  • Jane Baron’s Academy of Dance, Pennsylvania
  • KMC Dance, Pa
  • Mainstage Center for the Arts Harmony Show Choir, New Jersey
  • Mulford Dance Studio, New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Pennsylvania
  • Power Surge Performing Arts Center, Pa
  • Cheerleaders from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Pennsylvania
  • Rancoca’s Valley Dance Team, New Jersey
  • Shooting Stars Pennsylvania summer stage
  • The Quinn Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania
  • West Chester University Color Guard Ensemble, Pennsylvania

special forces

  • 3 Sisters Memorial Fire Truck, Maryland
  • 1949 Willy Overland Jeepster car, New Jersey
  • 1970s Oldsmobile, Pennsylvania
  • County Corvette Club, Pennsylvania
  • Enon Trinity Drill Team and Drum Corps, Pennsylvania
  • Garrison Carida and Ghost Base, Pennsylvania
  • Hawthorne Caballero’s Honor Guard, New Jersey
  • Kangaroo Kids Jump Rope Team, Maryland
  • Philadelphia Fire Department, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Pennsylvania
  • Soul Riders Auto Club, Delaware
  • The Wheelmen Antique Bicycles, Pennsylvania
  • US Postal Service, Pennsylvania
  • College Spirit cheerleaders from across the nation
  • Warrior Watch Riders, Pennsylvania
  • Woodside One Wheelers Unicycle Team, Maine

youth choirs

  • Burlington Township Middle School Burlington
  • Glen Landing Middle School Blackwood
  • Carl W. Goetz Middle School Jackson
  • Woodbury Junior-Senior High School Woodbury
  • Avon Grove Middle School West Grove
  • West Chester East Grammar School West Chester
  • Eisenhower Middle School Norristown
  • The Tunbridge School Baltimore
  • Hawthorne Park Elementary School Willingboro
  • AIM Academy consho squat
  • Avon Grove Charter School West Grove
  • Mannington Elementary School Salem
  • Marple Newtown High School Newtown Square
  • St. Ann School Wilmington
  • MAST Community Charter School Philadelphia

Dance on the Parkway

  • Bowman Dance Company & School, Norristown
  • Monarch Dance Academy, Philadelphia
  • Kathy’s Dancenter, Marlton
  • BC Discoveries Dance & Theater Arts Co., Newtown
  • Springboard Dance Studio, Bristol
  • Dance HDC, Landenberg
  • Reckless Kickz, Philly
  • Miss Karen’s Dance Studio, Easton
  • Phlex Phitness, Drexel Hill
  • CC School of Dance Arts, Lansdowne
  • Free to Be Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia
  • GeTek’Nek School of Performing Arts, Philadelphia
  • Divine Inspirations Center for the Arts, Woodbridge
  • T. Kapri Dance Studio, Philadelphia
  • Conservatory of Arts and Music of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
  • Strength & Grace Dance Academy, Southampton
  • Dance it to music, Bordentown
  • Dare 2 Dance, Camden
  • Love2Dance Academy, Sicklerville
  • ME Models & ME Dolls LLC, Philadelphia
  • The Philadelphia Charter School for Arts & Sciences, Philadelphia
  • Workshop in Dance, Yardley


  • First Dance Academy, LLC, Lansdowne
  • Donna’s dance work, Festerville
  • Exquisite Techniques, Philadelphia
  • Diana Alexis Dance Academy, Haddonfield
  • Dance HDC, Landenberg
  • KMC Dance, Oxford
  • Hershey School of Dance & Art, Hummelstown
  • Free to Be Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia
  • Dee Dots Dance Academy, Woolwich
  • Pottstown Dance Theatre, Douglassville
  • First Class Dance Academy, Ortley
  • Christine’s Studio of Dance, Monroeville
  • Dance Dynamics, Philadelphia
  • At Pointe Dance Center, Blackwood
  • Mrs. Doreen’s fabulous feet, Metuchen
  • Step by Step Dance Expressions, Horsham

Below are road closures and parking restrictions for the parade:


  • 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Eakins Oval between Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive closed for road rehearsals.


  • 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Eakins Oval between Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive closed for road rehearsals.


  • 9am to 3pm – Eakins Oval between Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive closed for road rehearsals.
  • 6:30pm – Eakins Oval is closed for rehearsals and site set-up until the conclusion of Thursday’s parade.
  • 7:00 p.m. – The access lanes of JFK Boulevard from 20th Street through 30th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade Thursday.
  • 8:00 p.m. – The JFK Boulevard exit lanes from 20th Street to the 30th Street Station will be closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade Thursday.


  • 12:00 am – JFK Boulevard, from 30th to 16th Streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade.
  • 2:00 a.m. – 20th Street, from Ben Franklin Parkway to Race Street, is closed to vehicular traffic until 11:00 a.m
  • 2:00 am – Market Street from 19th Street to 20th Street is closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade.
  • 5 a.m. – 20th Street from JFK Boulevard to Arch Street will be closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade.
  • 6:00 a.m. – 20th Street, from Market Street to Ben Franklin Parkway, is closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade.
  • 6:00 am – Market Street from 19th Street to 22nd Street will be closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade.
  • 7:00 am – Kelly Drive, from Sedgley Drive to Eakins Oval, will be closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the parade.
  • 7:30 am – Parade route closed to vehicle traffic.

The roads will be opened as soon as they are maintained and cleaned. All event-related road closures will be lifted by 3 p.m. on Thursday at the latest.

Traffic obstructions are to be expected during the event. Drivers are advised to avoid the area by using alternative routes and allow additional driving time in areas near the event.

Parking Restrictions

“Temporary No Parking” signs will be posted in connection with the above closures from 6pm on Wednesday

A detailed list of these streets can be found below.

Vehicles parked at these locations during the specified times will be relocated.

If you think your car has been misplaced, call the police department for the area where your car was parked.

  • JFK Blvd. from 19th street to 30th street (both sides)
  • 20th Street from Market Street to Ben Franklin Parkway (both sides)
  • Arch Street from 19th Street and 22nd Street (both sides)
  • Race Street from 16th Street and 17th Street (both sides)
  • 17th Street from Vine Street to Race Street (both sides)
  • Vine Street from 15th Street to 17th Street (eastbound lanes)
  • Market Street from 19th Street to 22nd Street (both sides)
  • Paschall Avenue from 62nd to 63rd streets (both sides)

Due to the circumstances, additional road closures and parking restrictions may be necessary in the vicinity of the event location.

Residents and visitors should always obey posted signs and directions from the Philadelphia Police Department.


SEPTA will have diversions on some routes due to the parade.

Detours: Wednesday

SEPTA bus routes 17, 31, 33, 38, 44, 49, 124, 125 and MFO will be departing from their normal schedule from Wednesday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 24 at approximately 8:00 a.m Routes redirected.

Detours: Thursday

SEPTA bus routes 2, 7, 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 43, 44, 48, 49, 124 and 125 as well as MFO will be departing from their normal routes from 8am on Thursday November 24th diverted about 2 p.m

Detours will be announced and specific route changes are available online on the system status page here.

Prohibited Items

For the safety of spectators, participants and staff, the following items are prohibited along the parade route:

  • Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permit). This includes firearms, knives, pepper spray, etc. NOTE: Take-away permits will not be honored and guns are not permitted at the venue.
  • Fireworks (including flammable liquids, combustibles, or explosives)
  • alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or illegal substances of any kind
  • gas grills
  • Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS/drones)

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