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July 10, 2014, 4:12 pm

Thanksgiving Parade brings out the stars

A beloved Philadelphia tradition 92 years in the making, the 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade, now sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, kicks off at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 24, on 6abc. Rick Williams and Cecily Tynan of “Action News” will co-host the broadcast, with Karen Rogers and Adam Joseph reporting live along the parade route.

As always, the lineup of stars and performers will excite the crowds and dazzle the viewers watching from home. “Good Morning America’s” Sam Champion returns for his fourth Philly parade appearance. Carla Hall, co-host of ABC Daytime’s “The Chew” and Charlie McDermott, from ABC’s hit comedy “The Middle,” also join the star-studded lineup. For some real star power, there will be a special appearance by Hollywood’s hottest couple — Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy — whose newest big screen adventure, “The Muppets,” hits theaters Nov. 23.

A virtual feast for the eyes and ears, the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade has something for everyone, with 16 balloons, 16 floats, 14 marching bands from across the nation, and fan favorites from stage and screen.

Musical guests include pop star Iyaz, presented by Wired 96.5, who will rock the parade route along with “American Idol” finalists Stefano Langone and Philly’s own Justin Guarini, now a perennial parade favorite. The Eagles cheerleaders will pump up the crowd, and magician Scott Alexander of “America’s Got Talent” will mystify the masses. Zack Montana, a contestant on Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing,” will make his parade debut, as will CeCe Peniston, best known for her dance hit “Finally.” Young parade-goers will be treated to a special performance from their friends at Sesame Place.

And for kids of all ages, it wouldn’t be a celebration without a little Disney magic. From the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Phineas and Ferb, and the rest of the Disney family will excite the children (and baby boomers) on the parade route, along with Rapunzel and Princess Tiana from Disney on Ice Presents “Dare to Dream.” Viewers will be treated to a performance from the musical, “The King and I,” the vocal talent of tenor Nathan Pacheco, and the debut single from “The Farm,” presented by 92.5 WXTU. For the grand finale, the big stars of the show — Santa and Mrs. Claus — will officially usher in the holiday season.


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