by Alex Lloyd Gross
Nov 24, 2022
The Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philadelphia today. Tens of thousands of people showed up to see floats and stars in person. It was not too hot and not too cold.
Traffic lights were taken down to make room for the huge inflatable balloons that would come through. They were huge and some required multiple people to guide them through the streets and up the Ben Franklin Parkway. Marching bands from as far away as Salem Virginia made the trek into Philly.
One huge disappointment is that not all of the advertised guests were there in person. Some, like Smokey Robinson and Deborah Gibson taped their segments to be aired on TV. That may work out for folks watching on TV but if you were there, expecting to see it, you came away short changed.
It was about 8:15 AM when the start of the parade started to move from the starting position at 20th and JFK Boulevard, to go to 16th Street. Then, the parade made it’s way to Ben Franklin Parkway. When the parade got to the Art Museum, that was a key area for some of the performances to take place.
Ginger Zee, the Meteorologist from Good Morning America showed up nice and early. She taped segments with a jump rope team ( yes, she held her own and jumped) and the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders just to name a few.
By about 1:00 PM, mostly all of the traffic road closures should be removed, police said.