The 94th Annual 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
Featuring Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard, Cedric The Entertainer of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’
and Good Morning America’s Sam Champion
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 13, 2013) – Start your Thanksgiving Day with
Philadelphia’s #1 family tradition—ONLY on 6abc! The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition 94 years strong, kicks off on Thursday November 28th at 8:30am with a half hour preview show followed by three hours of parade action! Action News’ Rick Williams and Cecily Tynan will co-host the broadcast, with Karen Rogers and Adam Joseph LIVE along the parade route.
Philadelphia Phillies’ first baseman, Ryan Howard, is making his second 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance this year.
Returning for his 6th Philly parade appearance is Good Morning America’s Sam Champion. New this year, Actor/Comedian Cedric The Entertainer of Who Wants to be a Millionaire! Chad Duell and Kristen Alderson of ABC’s General Hospital, join the parade team again this year for the 2013 star-studded lineup.
The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is known for having ‘something for everyone’ with 14 balloons, 15 floats 17 marching bands from across our nation, and fan favorites from stage and screen.
Music performances include, Radio Disney’s Coco Jones with ‘Holidays Unwrapped’, the cast of “Jersey Boys”, Debbie Gibson, Jay Sean, Regina Belle, Danielle Bradbery from “The Voice”, American Idol runner up, Elliott Yamin and Pretty Poison’s Jade Starling.
Additional entertainment will include, Jerry Blavat, Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns, and the cast of “Elf”.
In attendance especially for young parade-goers will be Walt Disney World’s Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse and from Disney on Ice Presents: Let’s Celebrate! Also included will be a special performance from the Sesame Place characters including Elmo, Zoe, Ernie, Bert, Count, Cookie Monster, Grover, Murray, Rosita and Abby. Plus, a parade tradition continues as we feature a special appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus!
Additional appearances include the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2014 – Leah Sykes, Miss New Jersey, Miss Delaware, Miss Pennsylvania, Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen and The Pennsbury High School Marching Band.
6abc is thrilled to once again have Dunkin’ Donuts as the title sponsor of Philadelphia’s #1 Family Tradition. This year’s telecast will feature behind-the-scenes videos and interactive opportunities for viewers. Viewers both in and out of the Philadelphia television market can get a unique viewing experience on 6abc.com, with two live camera options. The first camera will offer a birds-eye view of the entire parade. The second camera will follow Meteorologist Adam Joseph as he traverses the Parkway with the Dunkin’ Donuts Fan Cam. The ‘Parade Fan Cam’ can be seen starting at 9am Thanksgiving morning on 6abc.com. There, Adam will be LIVE, giving viewers a unique view of the parade, while uploading photos and chatting with viewers via Twitter and Facebook.
Now in its 94th year, Philadelphia’s most time-honored event is the longest running Thanksgiving Day parade in America. 6abc not only broadcasts the parade, but the station also produces the parade, in its entirety. More than 10,000 Parade volunteers, marchers, dancers, singers, and performers will participate in the parade this year.
“Tradition is extremely important to our station and we are proud to keep the parade marching year after year ”, says 6abc President and General Manager, Bernie Prazenica. “We’d like to thank Dunkin’ Donuts and our corporate partners for supporting our efforts, and for helping us grow the legacy of this event now in our 94th year!”
Along with enjoying the parade festivities, families are encouraged to help support the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Food Drive by bringing a can of food to the parade for collection by the Boy Scouts along the parade route.
Joining title partner Dunkin’ Donuts (dunkindonuts.com) as major corporate sponsors are Acme Markets (acmemarkets.com), Your Quality Plus Ford Stores (qualityplusford.com), The Hess Corporation (hess.com), The Campbell Soup Company (campbellsoup.com), and Verizon Fios (verizon.com/getfios).
The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, the highest-rated local television event in the Delaware Valley and Lehigh Valleys, will also be carried LIVE by WJLA, Washington, DC; WATM, Johnstown, PA; WJET, Erie, PA; WTVD, Raleigh-Durham, NC; WBOC, Salisbury, MD; WZVN – Ft. Myers, FL; WAMY/WZDX, Huntsville, AL, WKPT, Kingsport, TN and WSWB, Scranton, PA.
Complete details on the 6abc Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade can be found at the station’s website, http://www.6abc.com