Delightful crowds on Benjamin Franklin Parkway watched the three-hour parade, which was the city’s 103rd event.
The parade included huge floats, choir performers, dance groups, and marching bands.
Brad Howell told The Epoch Times he was “very grateful”.
“I love Thanksgiving, it’s such a wonderful holiday,” said Howell, who watched the show with his family.
“We live in this great land of America. This is the land of liberty and freedom. We are grateful to our Creator, God, our Heavenly Father, who has blessed us with everything, and we are grateful to be here with all our brothers and sisters.”
“I think it’s important every day to take a moment to express our gratitude for all the many things we have,” Howell said.
“I think living in gratitude is probably the most important character trait we can try to develop in our lives. If we are grateful, all the other great qualities will follow.”
Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney told The Epoch Times that Thanksgiving is one of his favorite holidays.
“Because there’s really nothing to get excited about or go crazy about. It’s a nice quiet day. You’re out with family or with friends. It’s Turkey and football. And you take a nap later.”
Kenny said he is very grateful to our country “Where you can have what you need, you can earn what you need.”
Then there are also opportunities to help those in need, and that’s what groups like this do. And they’re doing it really well, and they’ve been doing it for years.”
The group Kenny was referring to was the Metropolitan Area Nutrition Coalition (MANA), which had volunteers near the parade start site, serving Thanksgiving meals to 4,000 seriously or seriously ill people in greater Philadelphia.
Thanksgiving in America is based on the fall harvest feast of 1621 shared by the English Pilgrims of Plymouth and the people of the Wampanoag.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, which has since been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year.