Date: November 14, 2014
Release Date: Immediately
PHILADELPHIA’S #1 FAMILY TRADITION ON 6abc
The 95th Annual 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
Featuring Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee, Charlie McDermott of ‘The Middle’ and Pop Singer, Lance Bass
Watch and Win Sweepstakes and #6abcTDP!
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 14, 2014) – Start your Thanksgiving Day with Philadelphia’s #1 family tradition—ONLY on 6abc! The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, now in the 95th year and going strong, kick-off is Thursday November 27th 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 Alicia Vitarelli LIVE along the parade route.
Good Morning America’s meteorologist, Ginger Zee, is making her 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade debut this year! Returning for his 3rd Philly parade appearance is Charlie McDermott of ‘The Middle’. New this year is Pop Singer/Producer Lance Bass, the cast of Mary Poppins from the Walnut Street Theatre and Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records join the parade team this year for the 2014 star-studded lineup.
The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is known for having ‘something for everyone’ with 17 balloons, 17 floats 20 marching bands from across our nation, and fan favorites from music, stage and screen.
Music performances include, American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover, Grammy Winner Sheena Easton, Bella Blue with Lance Bass and Branden James from America’s Got Talent. Also featuring Jordan Fisher presented by Radio Disney, Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush, and Eden XO courtesy of Q102. Additional entertainment will include, Jerry Blavat, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – The Musical, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records and a special performance from Motown The Musical.
In attendance especially for young parade-goers will be Anna and Elsa from Disney on Ice presents ‘Frozen.’ Crowd favorite Walt Disney Characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale Will be joining the fun.
The parade will also feature a special performance from the Sesame Place characters Including Elmo, Zoe, Ernie, Bert, Count von Count, Cookie Monster, Grover, Telly, Murray, Rosita and Abby. Plus, a parade tradition continues with a special appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus!
Additional appearances include the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 – Olivia McMillan, Miss New Jersey, Miss Delaware, Miss Pennsylvania, Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen, the students from the Creative and Performing Arts High School, The Parade Youth Choir and the All Star Tap Dance Team.
6abc is thrilled to once again have Dunkin’ Donuts as the title sponsor of Philadelphia’s #1 Family Tradition. 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 6abc’s Alicia Vitarelli as she 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, Alicia will be LIVE, giving viewers a unique view of the parade, while uploading photos and chatting with viewers via social media with #6abcTDP.
6abc Thanksgiving Day Zone on the OVAL / Eakins Oval 8:30AM-12NOON
All-New! The 6abc Thanksgiving Day Zone on the OVAL at this year’s 6abc/Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. Experience this festive, pop-up open-air space located on Eakins Oval, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Thanksgiving Day Parade – celebrating its 95th year.
Enjoy stage performances in the Parx Casino Entertainment Zone…take a selfie in the Dunkin’ Donuts Photo booth and refuel with a sample of Dunkin’ Donuts great-any-way-you-drink-it coffee in their Refuel Zone…Stop by the Kids Zone presented by the Franklin Institute, bursting with activities for the whole family, including lots of crafty fun with A.C. Moore. And take a walk on the wild side in the Zoo Zone – featuring live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo…
It’s all happening at the 6abc Thanksgiving Day Zone on the OVAL. Make your way to the OVAL…and get in the Zone. Let the fun march on!
Now in its 95th 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.
“The parade is a beloved tradition, not just for us here at 6abc, but for the city of Philadelphia and the families who gather to enjoy it year after year, ” says 6abc President and General Manager, Bernie Prazenica. “We’re delighted to work with Dunkin’ Donuts and our corporate partners to bring in top-notch entertainment, and to grow the legacy of this event now in our 95th 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 (www.dunkindonuts.com) as major corporate sponsors are Acme Markets (acmemarkets.com), Ram (ramtrucks.com), The Hess Corporation (hess.com), Ebay (www.ebay.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 WATM-TV ABC in Johnstown, PA, WBOC-TV (EBOC) Fox 21 in Salisbury, MD, WWHO-TV CW in Columbus, OH, WJET-TV ABC in Erie, PA, WJLA-TV ABC in Washington, D.C., WSWB-TV CW Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, WTVD-TV ABC in Raleigh/Durham, NC, WZDX-TV ABC in Huntsville, AL and WZVN-TV ABC in Naples, FL.
Complete details on the 6abc Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade can be found at the station’s website, www.6abc.com
For press credentials, or electronic copies of parade photos, please email Diane Hamlet at Diane.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-581-4541.
This is the 95th year of Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Gimbel’s started the tradition in 1920. The department store continued to produce the parade until the company went out of business in 1986. That’s when WPVI-TV and its corporate sponsors stepped in. 6abc, which produces the parade in its entirety, has continued to build Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day tradition, adding ABC Network celebrities, stars from music stage and screen, Disney characters, and local personalities, including members of the Action News team.
The parade will broadcast in High Definition and closed captioned for the benefit of viewers.
Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014
Time: Parade kick-off: 8:15am from 20th & JFK. Broadcast on 6abc: 8:30 AM – 12 Noon
WATM-TV-ABC Johnstown, PA
WBOC-TV (EBOC) Fox 21 Salisbury, MD
WWHO-TV CW Columbus, OH
WJET-TV ABC Erie, PA
WJLA-TV ABC Washington, D.C.
WSWB-TV CW Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
WTVD-TV ABC Raleigh/Durham, NC
WZDX-TV ABC Huntsville, AL
WZVN-TV ABC Naples, FL
Action News’ Cecily Tynan, Rick Williams, Karen Rogers, and Alicia Vitarelli
2014 WATCH AND WIN:
Beginning at 9:00AM, Thursday, November 27, 2014 and ending approximately 12:00PM, Thursday, November 27, 2014, viewers of the parade will be given a chance to win great prizes just for watching the parade.
Each hour we’ll be giving viewers a keyword to text into our special number 55678 during the parade. We will draw random winners each time to win fabulous prizes including: a year’s supply of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, 10 tickets to the Eagles/Cowboys game on December 14th plus a tailgate catered by Dunkin’ Donuts, and our GRAND PRIZE will be a trip for 6 to Florida. This will include round trip air transportation, hotel accommodations at TradeWinds Island Resorts and a $500 Visa gift card, courtesy of VisitFlorida.com
Parade Route: Through the City of Philadelphia, beginning at 20th and JFK Boulevard, turning LEFT on 16th Street. The parade continues northwest along the historic Parkway to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2014 MARCHING BANDS:
Alexis I. DuPont Tiger Marching Band, Greenville, DE
Tate High School Band, Cantonment, FL
Cardinal Regiment and Cardettes, Athens, TX
Coffman High School Band, Dublin, OH
Tournament of Bands All-Star Band, 14 States
Decatur High School Band, Camby, IN
Bellefontaine High School Band, Bellefontaine, OH
Athens Drive High School Band, Raleigh, NC
Georgia All Select High School Band, GA
Jerome High School Band, Dublin, OH
Freedom High School Band, Orlando, FL
Colquitt County High School Band, Moultrie, GA
Hartselle High School Band, Hartselle, AL
Albertville High School Band, Albertville, AL
Scioto High School Band, Dublin, OH
Destrehan High School Band, Destrehan, LA
Pennsbury High School Band, Fairless Hills, PA
Middletown – Appoquinimink combined High School Band, Middletown, DE
Brunswick High School Band, Brunswick, GA
Boardman High School Band, Youngstown, OH
Bob The Builder
My Little Pony
Horton The Elephant
Clifford The Big Red Dog
Mr. Potato Head
Cat in the Hat
Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba
Mistletoes the Snowman
2014 SPECIAL UNITS:
AMP Winter Guard, Camden, NJ
Central Bucks East Cheerleaders, Doylestown, PA
Central Bucks West Choir, Doylestown, PA
Compassion Youth Choir, Philadelphia, PA
German American Parade Bike, Philadelphia, PA
Greater Philadelphia Aquatics Club, Greater Philadelphia
Harmony Show Choir, Blackwood, NJ
KMC Dance, Oxford, PA
LuLu Shrine Klownz, Richboro, PA
Mulford Dancers, Mt. Ephraim, NJ
Ocean City Theatre Company, Ocean City, NJ
On Edge Movement Dancers, Oaks, PA
Owen J. Roberts 7-UP’s Show Choir, Pottstown, PA
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Philadelphia, PA
Philabundance, Philadelphia, PA
Philly Roller Girls Junior League, Eagleville, PA
Philadelphia Spinners, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Hand Bell Ensemble, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia School for Circus Arts, Philadelphia, PA
PowerTaps Cloggers, Woodstock, GA
Power Surge Dancers, Philadelphia, PA
Rancocas Valley Dance Team, Mt. Holly, NJ
Reserve Engine 11, Croydon, PA
Roxey Ballet, Lambertville, NJ
Springfield High School Cheerleaders, Springfield, PA
Springfield High School Color Guard and Band Members, Springfield, PA
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Philadelphia, PA
The Boy Scouts of America, Philadelphia, PA
Trinity Valley Community College Cardettes, Athens, TX
United States Postal Service, Philadelphia, PA
Upper Darby Shooting Stars, Drexel Hill, PA
Varsity Spirit All Americans, National
West Chester University Color Guard, West Chester, PA
Allamuchy Township School, Allamuchy, NJ
Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, Lansdowne, PA
Burlington Township Middle School, Burlington, NJ
Charles Kelly Elementary School, Drexel Hill, PA
Cherry Hill Middle School, Elkton, MD
Cook Wissahickon School, Philadelphia, PA
Drexel Hill Middle School, Drexel Hill, PA
Eisenhower Science & Technology Leadership Academy, Norristown, PA
Elsinboro School, Salem, NJ
Garnet Valley High School & Middle School, Glen Mills, PA
Glen Landing Middle School, Blackwood, NJ
Hammonton High School, Hammonton, NJ
Indian Mills Memorial School, Shamong, NJ
Kensington HS for the Creative & Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Lancashire Elementary School, Wilmington, DE
Mannington Township School, Salem, NJ
Mast Community Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
Our Lady of Grace School, Penndel, PA
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Philadelphia, PA
Pocopson Elementary School, West Chester, PA
Post Oak Middle School, Spotsylvania, VA
Robert K. Shafer Middle School, Bensalem, PA
Sayreville Middle School, Parlin, NJ
Souderton Area High School, Souderton, PA
St. Maximilian Kolbe School, West Chester, PA
Stephen Decatur High School, Berlin, MD
Stewart Middle School, Norristown, PA
Wescosville Elementary School, Wescosville, PA
West Chester East High School, West Chester, PA
Willingboro High School, Willingboro, NJ
2014 TAP SCHOOLS:
Academy of Dance Artistry, Warrington, PA
April School of Dance, Kersey, PA
Bodies in Motion, Pennsauken, NJ
Brandywine Tap Company, Wilmington, DE
Broadway Bound Dance Academy, Manahawkin, NJ
Chantel Price Dance Program, Philadelphia, PA
Core Academy of Movement, Hainesport, NJ
Dance 4 Life, Wilmington, DE
Dance by Cami, Pittsburgh, PA
Dance Dimensions, Warminster, PA
Dance Dynamics, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Dance with Celeste, Bensalem, PA
Davy Dance Academy, Annapolis, MD
Dee Dots Dance Academy, Woolwich, NJ
Denise Gucwa’s School of Dance, Pottstown, PA
Donna’s Danceworks, Philadelphia, PA
Downtown Dance by Miss Megan, Bethlehem, PA
En Pointe, Philadelphia, PA
Fabulous Feet Dance Company, Bellmawr, NJ
Grace and Style Dance, Philadelphia, PA
Halliday Dance, Pennsauken, NJ
Independent, Sykesville, MD
Infinity Dance Complex, Pennsauken, NJ
Jane Baron’s Academy of Dance, Limerick, PA
Jan’s Dance Studio, Cheltenham, PA
KMC Dance, Oxford, PA
Michelle’s Studio of Tap, Binghamton, NY
On Edge Movement, Oaks, PA
On Pointe Dance Center, Blackwood, NJ
Pas de Chat, New Holland, PA
Stagelite Centre of Performing Arts, Pequannock, NJ
Step by Step Dance Center, Philadelphia, PA
The Dance Place, Chalfont, PA
Time to Leap, West Chester, PA