6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade Ends 103rd Year in Philadelphia | Watch the full show

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The smiles were bright and so was the sunshine as the 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off for its 103rd year in Philadelphia.

The event was again jam-packed with entertainment for the whole family.

“We just come every year and it’s super fun. We love it so much,” said Shaelie Young and Cali Domico of Westville, New Jersey.

“My dad used to bring me out when I was a kid and hoist me up on his shoulders,” said Ty Jackson of Wilmington.

Balloon drivers smiled and twirled, keeping the energy high.

“The kids love all the spinning and so we try to accommodate them,” said balloon operator Carmen Lopez of Vineland.

Special guests included “Abbot Elementary’s” Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph, who kissed the crowd.

Brunson even surprised our Jim Gardner who is set to retire at the end of the year.

The Marions and Brisboys of Montgomery County come out every year. Well, most of them do.

“We get to the parade and their grandma and their mom stay home and make dinner,” Grandpa laughed.

Before the sun came up, the “Inflation Station” was where the balloons came to life. The average balloon contains 3,500 cubic feet of helium, according to Dezi Cruz of Starbound Entertainment.

“When we inflate the balloons, we have to do chamber by chamber, like a leg at one time, an arm at another time,” Cruz explained. “Each balloon is like a puzzle.”

As usual, spectators lined the route, filled with holiday spirit for a family and Philadelphia tradition. Some spectators even sported their best “Jim Gardner” mustaches to pay tribute to his legendary career.

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