NO NOT EXEC 6abc Thanksgiving Parade - Volunteer Form


Character and Small Balloon Handler

As a Balloon Handler, you will be expected to report on parade day by approximately 5:30AM. (Except for the inflation team that will report at 3:30AM) At that time you will be met by your Balloon Captain, who will direct you to dress in a balloon handler costume. The Captain will then escort you to the balloon that you have been assigned to. Most balloons require 15-40 individuals to carry. Your report location on parade day will be the SONESTA Hotel at 18th and Market Streets.

A Balloon Handler must be at least 18 years of age and weigh at least 110 lbs.

If you volunteer for this position it is urgent that you follow through and show up on parade day; each and every Balloon Handler is needed to safely handle one of our giant helium-filled balloons or one of our new cold-air balloons! A Balloon Handler must be able to walk the 1.8-mile long parade route. If you have a group – make sure that you follow instruction for setting up a group and share the group name for individuals to register under your group name.


5:30AM Thanksgiving day
Inflation Team reports at 3:30AM

Parade Clown

YOU MUST BE ANIMATED AND FUN FOR THIS POSITION!!! On parade day, you will receive your costume and have clown make-up applied to your face. Your parade responsibilities will end upon the return of your clown costume. Your parade responsibility will involve entertaining the parade audience…out going personalities are encouraged. Please be ready to make everyone smile!!! You cannot use your own clown costume – you must be dressed in one of our clown costumes for security purposes.

Your report location on parade day will be the CENTER CITY SHERATON Hotel located at 201 North 17th Street (17th and Race)

6:00AM Thanksgiving morning

Float Escort

Float escort positions are limited (30 positions), so we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to fulfill your request, however, a Float Escort is a volunteer who is required to either ride on or walk adjacent to a parade float. Candidates for these positions should ideally possess some degree of theatrical training, along with extensive amounts of energy and enthusiasm!

A Float Escort will be required to report on parade morning at approximately 6:00AM. Upon arrival you will receive your parade costume. Your parade responsibilities will end upon the return of your parade costume. You will be contacted for exact measurements IF chosen for this position.

Your report location on parade day will be the CENTER CITY SHERATON Hotel at 201 North 17th Street (17th and Race).

6:00AM Thanksgiving morning

Banner Carrier

This new position is GREAT for a couple – or two good friends, or even individuals. You will have the chance to carry a banner either for a celebrity or a sponsor up the parade route. You will be given a sweatshirt to use as your costume on parade day, while you will need to provide your own black pants and shoes – AND you get to keep the sweatshirt!

Your report location on parade day will be the CENTER CITY SHERATON Hotel at 201 North 17th Street (17th and Race).

6:30AM Thanksgiving morning

Welcome Volunteer!

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Your Information

Only ONE person's name on this application! Each volunteer must apply separately.

  • NOTICE: Balloon Handlers & Executive Volunteers MUST be 18 or older!
  • All other volunteers MUST be 14 or older!

Contact Information

Shirt Size


General Size

Team Request

Joining a Team helps us to try to group people together so they may march with friends & family.

Join a Team

Select an Existing Team

Check if your Team Name has already been created. If you do not see your Team's name in the list below, select "None" and you can Create a Team in the next step.

Create a Team

  • Must be between 2 and 25 characters
  • Upper & lower case letters, numbers and spaces only.
  • For your own security, please do not use any personally identifiable information in your Team name such as your address, email, full name, telephone number, etc.
  • You will automatically be joined to the Team you create
  • Please be sure to tell everyone in your group the name of your Team so that they may join.


In the order of your preference, please click the pictures of TWO of the positions for which you'd like to volunteer.

Click the FIRST position you'd like.

Banner Carrier




Float Escort

float escort

Balloon Handler


Float Escort - Essay

To be considered for the Float Escort position, please write a short essay on why you'd like to be an escort. The essay should be longer than just one or two sentences, but no longer than 1500 characters.

Have you volunteered for this parade in the past?

If so, list the years and positions held. Leave blank otherwise:

  Year Position


Thanksgiving Day Parade

Please read carefully:

I, the undersigned, will appear/participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade sponsored by ABC, Inc., licensee of WPVI-TV ("WPVI") on Thursday, November 22, 2018 (the "Parade"). The Parade is being given as a public service.

I assume any and all risks associated with participating in the Parade and particular activities that I agree to undertake, including but not limited to, negligent or reckless acts by other participants and volunteers, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I also agree to abide by the rules of the Parade as set forth by designated officials, producers, and supervisors.

Knowing these facts, and in consideration for being permitted to participate in the Parade, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, assigns, or anyone else who might claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and waive release and discharge ABC, Inc., licensee of WPVI-TV, Dunkin Donuts, JM Best Entertainment Inc., Under the Sun Productions Inc., Uniquely Philadelphia, Inc., d/b/a Access Philadelphia, each of their parent, affiliated, subsidiary and successor entities, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, members, agents, representatives and employees and any and all Parade sponsors, and each of their officials, agents, designated event supervisory personnel or anyone acting for or on their behalf (the "Releasees"), from any and all losses, costs (including without limitation, litigation costs, and attorney fees), claims, damages, suits, actions, demands, liability, and expenses in connection with loss of life, personal injury and/or property damage of any kind whatsoever, in law or in equity, arising out of or in the course of my participation in the Parade.

In consideration of possibly broadcasting my performance in or pertaining to the Parade, or in connection with the promotion of the Parade, I grant to WPVI the irrevocable right to use, record, broadcast, and distribute and to license and authorize others to use, record, broadcast and distribute, without further obligation or payment to me or my family, my name, voice, likeness, performance and/or statements for any and all purposes at any time in any and all media now known or later developed, including without limitation exploitation by all forms of television (including but not limited to broadcast, cable, and other television type systems), radio, print and print media, videotape, audiotape, the Internet, on-line services and other telecommunications, wire, and/or computer drive media. I waive any rights I may have to inspect and/or approve any and all such uses. I understand that nothing in this release shall obligate WPVI to use my performance in any program or media.

I understand that the Parade is being given for the entertainment of children and the public, and no consideration is being paid to me.

I also agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from and against any and all claims, losses, costs, fess, (including but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) by whomever or wherever presented, including but not limited to, personal injury, property damage, financial loss, wrongful death or any other loss or injury resulting in any manner from my participation in or pertaining to the Parade.

I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing release and indemnification, am executing it knowingly, voluntarily, willingly, and free from any coercion or duress, and am fully aware of its contents and legal effects. I agree to abide by all of its terms.

I agree that I will not do anything or behave in any manner that would negatively impact the good reputation of the Parade or WPVI. I agree to be legally bound hereby.