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.
PARADE FACTS 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. Parade 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 Popeye Rocky Bullwinkle Mr. Potato Head Apollo Airship Cat in the Hat Balloon Garfield Balloon Furby Snowmen Candy Cane Rudolph Grinch Wreath Candle 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 CellularOne Sovereign Bank Dodge Dealers Thriftway/Shop 'N Bag Herr's 7-Eleven
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