Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade



The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade is the oldest in the country and held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This remarkable parade began in 1920 and was produced by Gimbel Brothers’ Department Store to signify the arrival of Santa Clause. The parade is currently produced by 6abc and sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts.

Shake off the turkey and jump into the holiday spirit with the legendary and always exhilarating Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Can Your Students Perform?

Absolutely!! Three performance categories are offered: choir students, tap dance students, and marching bands.


Mass Youth Choir

Elementary, middle school, and high school choirs may apply for the incredible opportunity to participate in the mass youth choir that performs for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade musical production. Approximately 1k singers stand in special formation and perform on the steps of the Museum of Art. The entire cast of about 2k performers also sing in the grand finale telecast.

Join your voices with more than a thousand others on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

All Star Tap Team

Tappers of all ages can apply to be part of the All Star Tap Team with more than 600 tap dancers from across the nation! The team performs a fantastic parade telecast presentation and also participates in the parade opening and grand finale.

Keep the beat with a spirited performance by the All Star Tap Team


Marching Bands

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is considered to be one of the most band-friendly parades in the country! The parade has 19 spots each year for high school, university, and specialty marching bands. Each band must have 90 or more members and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Bands march down Benjamin Franklin Parkway along with spectacular floats and gigantic balloons to delight families and the viewing audience. Many local performers and recording artists ride on the floats.

The perfect venue to showcase your band’s extraordinary skills


The televised section of the parade occurs near the end of the 1.4 mile route, directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The parade is free except for the grandstand seats which are reserved for sponsors and VIP’s. It is syndicated to stations in markets east of the Mississippi and can also be viewed on a live webcast on 6abc out of Philadelphia.

Grab your 15 minutes of fame during this nationally televised tradition of excellence

Future Parade Dates

Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Thursday, 24 November, 2018



Educational Sites

Student travel groups love the ‘City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection’. Experience sites of great historical significance in the city where our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia is the home of Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rittenhouse Square, and the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

Step off the parade route and into our nation’s history when you visit Philadelphia’s treasured landmarks


The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season celebrations! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity that you and your students will never forget.


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Disney’s Candlelight Processional


The radiant glow of candlelight spotlights the beauty and sounds of the season

By Angie Roberts Harris

The Fairy Godmother waves her magic wand and the spirit of Christmas explodes in a twinkling winter wonderland setting! Since 1958, the Disney ‘Candlelight Processional’ has been telling the inspirational story of Christmas.  Celebrity guest narrators share the greatest story ever told while surrounded by an array of student choirs and the Voices of Liberty accompanied by a fifty-piece, world class Disney Orchestra. The candles held by the cast during the performance add a beautiful touch.

This dramatic holiday spectacular is held three times per night during the holiday season in the World Showcase at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. The open-air American Gardens Theatre sits on the banks of the World Showcase Lagoon near the American Pavilion.

Neil Patrick Harris lends his voice to the dramatic telling of the Christmas story

Celebrity guest narrators tell the story of Christmas each year with visitors from around the world. The 2016 lineup currently includes Steven Curtis Chapman, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Meredith Vieira, Joe Morton, and Cal Ripkin Jr. Narrators are subject to change.

Student choirs compete for the privilege to share their vocal talents in Disney’s Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional is part of ‘Holidays Around the World’ which celebrates the traditions of eleven countries with live musical performances, seasonal culinary treats and beverages, and holiday merchandise. Student groups across the country apply for the privilege of performing in this prestigious event.

 Who can apply?

All choirs 9th grade or higher can audition to be a part of the grand celebration! To apply, submit a copy of ‘O Holy Night’ from the production piece and a non-returnable DVD of a recent performance. Your group will be evaluated on interpretation and execution of music, showmanship and stage presence, accompanists, and overall show value.

When is rehearsal?

You will receive the show music 6-8 weeks before your appearance and a pre-performance rehearsal will be arranged with a guest conductor and professional Disney singers.

The stage is set for a spectacular holiday showcase

What about costumes?

Students are required to furnish full-length black dress pants (no jeans), a plain white shirt (no turtlenecks), black socks, and closed-toe black shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or athletic shoes). Hair must be one solid natural color and make up must be modest. Jewelry is not allowed. Disney will provide robes and collars to wear during the show.

What’s for supper?

Disney will supply a boxed meal and beverage on the evening of the performance. During the rest of your stay on park, Disney Meal Cards may be purchased as part of your package. This allows each student the freedom of eating when and where according to their own preferences.

Even Donald wants to join in while your group enjoys all Disney has to offer during the holiday season!

Is there time to play?

Absolutely! Your students will have the opportunity to experience the park as Disney cast members and also enjoy awesome hospitality as Disney guests. They will receive two one-day, one-park tickets to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

Disney’s Performing Arts OnStage gives your group unrivaled performing experience

The Disney Experience.

Performing alongside the high caliber Disney orchestra and crew exposes your students to the extremely professional standards of Disney Performing Arts OnStage.  This student program encourages excelled performance, increases self-confidence, and fosters artistic discipline.

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Where do we start?

Call Kaleidoscope Adventures! Kaleidoscope has been traveling across the country every year since 1993 with thousands of students. They can create customized itineraries that include transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, and amazing educational and performance opportunities.

Kaleidoscope is located in the heart of Orlando and have worked with the Disney family for decades. An experienced tour director will know every detail of your itinerary, stay with your group throughout the entire trip, and ensure a magical and wonderful experience! Kaleidoscope Adventures is synonymous with student group travel and take the time to plan every element of your exciting adventure!