Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade

Gimbels Department Store - 9th and Market

Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1920, when Gimbels Department Store at 9th and Market held the country's first parade to launch the Christmas Season. Macy's famous Thanksgiving Day Parade did not begin until four years later.

Gimbels Thanksgiving Parade at Market and Juniper

Gimbels, which moved across the street to The Gallery at Market East upon its completion, closed in 1986. The Thanksgiving Day Parade still continues as the 6ABC Ikea Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Gimbels Thanksgiving Parade in 1934 at Broad near Arch

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