Last-minute preps for 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Final preparations for the 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade took place on Wednesday evening.

Perfect weather was greeted by the artists who flooded Eakins Oval for last minute rehearsals.

Reagan Hewes from Hatboro with the KMC Dance Company is here for the 11th year in a row.

“We’re from KMC Dance and we’ve been doing it for 11 years and I think we look forward to the whole experience – spending time together and meeting other studios,” said Hewes.

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There were also first-time visitors.

Lansdale native Michelle Anderson brought her daughter Amelia to her debut performance.

Action News’ Annie McCormick asked Amelia if she had any last-minute nervousness.

“Yeah, a little bit,” she said, “but we’re also very excited this year because we’re celebrating Dunkin.”

The parade takes a year to plan and involves a massive effort behind the scenes.

Each year brings something new to the century-old parade in its 103rd year, but the traditions never fade.

John Morris, vice president of content, development and innovation at 6abc, shared his favorite tradition.

“The biggest tradition of all is Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade ends with the grand finale, in which Santa Clause arrives in town for the holidays and walks up the steps of the art museum,” Morris said.

Join us on Thanksgiving morning from 8:30am on 6abc or wherever you stream.

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