Philadelphia Inquirer - November 23, 1980

Parading for the 61st time

 

By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer

 

The 61st Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off Thursday, with Phillies World Series hero Mike Schmidt leading the two-mile-long march.

 

Schmidt, the parade's grand marshal, will be joined by fellow Phillies Larry Bowa and Warren Brusstar and about 3,000 other people in the traditional annual beginning of the holiday season.

 

The theme of this year's parade is Alice in Wonderland.

 

Last but not least in the parade will be Santa Claus, sitting in his sleigh atop a 55-foot float.

 

 

 

The parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, proceed down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and south on 16th Street and around City Hall, then swing east on Market Street, ending at Gimbels at 10th and Market.