2019 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade 

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  1. 100th Anniversary All-Select Band- November 28, 2019 REGISTER NOW

The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country, having started in 1920 is poised to create another fantastic spectacle.  Like other parades of its type, it features balloons, floats, high school marching bands, and celebrities.  Marching Bands are a very integral part of any successful parade. The pageantry, music selections, colors, marching style, and auxiliary contributions, displayed by marching bands, help create a stunning presentation. This appealing presentation adds an unparalleled contribution to a parade.

Of course, the 6 ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade is no exception, as over fifty qualifying high school, college, and specialty bands apply for the coveted fifteen marching band positions each year.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting more than 1 year in advance.  Since the three-hour live television broadcast is a very complex mix of entertainment, gigantic balloons, magnificent floats, stars, and special production numbers, they are limited to the number of marching bands that appear in the parade. 

In addition to Philadelphia’s local 6ABC/WPVI, portions of the parade are syndicated to select television stations throughout the U.S.  In 2006 the parade was broadcast in HDTV for the first time, as well as streamed over the Internet, thus providing a worldwide audience.