Danse4Nia Announces Participation in 100th Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Debuting in 1919, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade was the country's first and has become a Delaware Valley staple. Celebrating 100 years, the Philadelphia holiday tradition took to the Ben Franklin Parkway last Thursday before thousands of fans. Though the balloons were grounded due to high winds, people of all ages and backgrounds braved the windy conditions to witness this centennial celebration.
"Thankful for the gift of dance, I am humbled by the opportunity afforded Nia-Next and Danse4Nia Conservatory. Participating in the Philadelphia 100th Thanksgiving Day Parade, exceeded our wildest expectations,"
"The centennial Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade was a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Special kudos to Danse4Nia Founder Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, for the opportunity afforded my daughter Sarah and the entire Danse4Nia family. Dancing before thousands on the Ben Franklin Parkway with a live television broadcast, for such a historic event, is an experience she'll never forget," proclaims Candace Smith, Nia-Next and Danse4Nia Conservatory parent.
From Shrek and Angry Birds to Daniel the Tiger and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, the balloons were grounded due to the wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service, but excitement was still in the air. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was packed with Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade vets and newcomers alike, excited to witness choirs, marching bands, floats and a myriad of guests including Queer Eye's Carson Kressley.
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