What is the parade route?
Starting at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard, the route heads east on JFK to 16th Street, up 16th and on to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway all the way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Who are all these special guests, exactly?
In addition to the usual inflated characters, expect appearances from American Idol alums Ruben Studdard, Justin Guarini, and Melinda Doolittle, as well as stars from the casts of productions of The Color Purple, Annie, and Waitress, and top-notch choreography from the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Eagles Cheerleaders, and the Philadelphia Soulmates. And it wouldn’t be the Thanksgiving Day Parade without 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. The Varsity Spirit All-American Cheerleaders, Jackson Liberty Marching Band, Central Bucks High School-West Choir, the All-Star Tap Dance Team, New Jersey Boy Choir, Garden State Girl Choir and hip-hop dance company Beat Addikts United will do their thing. Parade mainstays like Jerry Blavat will also energize the crowd.