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The 1999 6ABC/Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Come Celebrate a Century of Fun!

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- It's an event 100 years in the making -- the last parade of the century. Now 6ABC and Boscov's invite you to celebrate a century of fun with the 1999 Thanksgiving Day Parade. Starting at 9:00 a.m., November 25th, you'll travel back in time to take an exciting journey through the decades, from the costumes and choreography of the early 1900's to today's sizzling music and dance.

WPVI-TV/6ABC's Lisa Thomas-Laury and Dave Roberts host this once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza, featuring a show-stopping performance from the Millennium Celebration at Walt Disney World. Larger-than-life puppets from the new Tapestry of Nations procession at Epcot will come alive before the crowd's eyes and join many beloved Disney characters to celebrate the future hand in hand.

But the celebration's just getting started. For the first time ever, Disney's ``Beauty and the Beast'' Broadway smash hit musical will be coming to Philadelphia, and Janet MacEwen as ``Mrs. Potts'' will be featured in this year's parade, along with Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the soon-to-be- released Disney's Pixar ``Toy Story 2.''

Also featured are the stars of daytime and primetime, including local native and ``All My Children'' star Mathew St. Patrick, singer Anita Ward, Mayor Ed Rendell, New York's hottest all-male tap group ``Newly Released Sound,'' Miss Pennsylvania 1999, Miss New Jersey 1999 and Miss Delaware 1999, along with over a dozen giant balloons, century-themed floats and marching bands from here and around the nation. It's a fun-filled, star-studded one hundred years of history on parade.

The 6ABC/Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade, already the highest rated local television event in the Delaware Valley, will also be carried live by WSWB in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA; WTEN in Albany, New York; WFXP in Erie, PA; WATM in Johnstown/Altoona, PA; and WHTM in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York market. In addition, ABC's Good Morning America will broadcast weather reports, with Action News' own Cecily Tynan, live from the parade site Thanksgiving morning.

This is the 80th year of Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


    Date:           Thursday, November 25, 1999

    Time:           9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

    Telecast:       WPVI-TV, 6-ABC, the ABC, Inc.  owned television station

                    in Philadelphia.  Eastern markets including WSWB in

                    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA; WTEN in Albany, New York; WFXP

                    in Erie, PA; WATM in Johnstown/Altoona, PA; and WHTM in

                    the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York market.

    Co-hosts:       Lisa Thomas-Laury and Dave Roberts of Action News

    Mascot:         "Major Drumstick"

    Parade Route:   Through the City of Philadelphia, beginning at 20th and

                    Market Streets, on to City Hall, then to 15th Street for

                    two blocks to Arch Street and the Benjamin Franklin

                    Parkway. The parade continues along the historic Parkway

                    to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


    Elements:       15 Spectacular Floats

                    14 Marching bands from across the Nation

                    17 Giant Helium Balloons

                    Walt Disney World Characters and floats

                    Over 5,000 Parade Volunteers and marchers

    Special Units:  Grammy nominated Disco Diva - Anita Ward singing her 70's

                     hit -- "Ring My Bell"

                    Mrs. Potts from "Beauty and the Beast"

                    Newly Released Sound tap ensemble

                    Miss Pennsylvania 1999 -- Susan Spafford

                    Miss Delaware 1999 -- Kama Boland

                    Miss New Jersey 1999 -- Victoria Paige

                    Blutz Farm Wagon

                    Creative and Performing Arts School Dancers

                    Ferko String Band

                    Franford High School ROTC

                    The Jenn Oldfield Dancers

                    Inspector Gadget Mobile

                    International Side Saddle Association

                    Keystone Comet All-Star Cheerleaders

                    Marching Elites Drill Team

                    Mayor Ed Rendell

                    McHenry Dancers

                    Original Bandstand Dancers

                    Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

                    Philadelphia Mounted Patrol

                    Renegade Cloggers

                    Rhythmic Visions Dance Center

                    Sesame Place Characters

                    Shrine Klownz

                    Tap Yourself Silly

                    Universal Cheerleaders and Universal Dance Association

                    University of Delaware Cheerleaders

                    Up With People

                    U.S. Post Office

                    The Wheelman Antique Bicycles

    Floats:         Major Drumstick Float

                    Barnyard of Fun Float

                    Cho Cho Express Float

                    Family and Friends Polar Bear Float

                    Fabulous Fifties Floats

                    King of the Sea Float

                    Studio Birdhouse Float

                    Skatin' Granny Float

                    Up With People Float

                    Holiday Showboat Float

                    6 ABC Gazebo Float

                    Santa's Communication Network Float

                    In The Center Ring Float

                    6 ABC Food Drive Wagon

                    Santa Float

    Giant Helium

      Balloons:     Humpty Dumpty

                    Felix The Cat

                    Olive Oyl




                    Mr. Potato Head

                    Apollo Airship

                    Cat in the Hat Balloon

                    Garfield Balloon



                    Candy Cane





    Bands:          A.C. Mosley High School Band

                    A.I. duPont High School Band

                    Baltimore Ravens High School Band

                    Brownsburg High School Band

                    LaPorte High School Band

                    Graham High School Band

                    Newton High School Band

                    Pennsbury High School Band

                    Red Lion High School Band

                    South Port High School Band

                    South Spencer High School Band

                    York Suburban High School Band

                    Yorktown High School Band

                    United States Marine Corps Band

    Choirs:         Downingtown High School Jazz Singers

                    Drexel University Gospel Choir

                    Kennett Symphony Youth Children Chorus

                    Metropolitan Male Ensemble

                    Ring in the Season Hand Bell Choir

    Sponsors:       Boscov's

                    Toyota Dealers


                    Sovereign Bank

                    Dodge Dealers

                    Thriftway/Shop 'N Bag




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