Parade of Thanks
As the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual tradition for locals and visitors. The parade stretches across 1.4 miles and features huge floats, balloons and tons of performers—see everything from local choir groups to dancers and marching bands. The parade also marks the start of the holiday season, with a visit from Santa and holiday cheer throughout. The parade begins at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard and ends at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Escape the crowds standing along the frontlines of the parade route and find a spot at the steps to see the finale. Or, take the little ones and head to Eakins Oval (2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.), where kids entertainment and refreshments are served as you watch. On Thursday, November 24 from 8:30 am-12:00 pm, www.6abc.com.
Peter Serpico’s eponymous restaurant is known for its bold flavors and interesting ingredient pairings but the chef keeps things pretty traditional for Thanksgiving. Three courses ($75) include dishes like sage-scented kabocha squash, fried Brussels sprouts and the star of the show: roasted turkey with leek stuffing and fried turkey skin. www.serpicoonsouth. com. 604 South St., 215.925.3001.
LACROIX AT THE RITTENHOUSE
One of the best dining experiences in the city is brunch at Lacroix, the fine- dining icon on the second floor of the Rittenhouse hotel. For Thanksgiving, chef Jon Cichon’s buffet is being served www.redowltavern.com. 433 Chestnut St., 215.923.2267.
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse