Who are all these special guests, exactly?
In addition to the usual inflated characters, expect appearances from Grammy winner Macy Gray, actress Meg Donnelly, TV personality Carson Kressley, vocal quartet Il Divo, Kathy Sledge from Sister Sledge, singer Aloe Blacc, and the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro. Good Morning America personality Ginger Zee, as well as 6abc alums Dave Roberts and Lisa Thomas-Laury, will also be in attendance. Plus, it wouldn’t be a Philly parade without some exuberance from Gritty and the Phillie Phanatic. This is a bit of a wildcard, but Cupid of “Cupid’s Shuffle” fame will be performing. Of course, you’ll be graced with a visit from the big man in red -- yes, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, too.
The standout performances don’t stop at the A-listers. Dayton, Ohio’s Alter High School Lancerettes, the West Chester University Color Guard, Wilmington’s A. I. Dupont High School Marching Band, Southwest Philly’s Worldwide Unique Star Dance Studio, the cast of Broadway Philadelphia’s production of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, and the Pottstown Dance Theatre, among many others will show off their stuff. Finally, there are parade mainstays like Jerry Blavat to energize the crowd.