KHS Students will March in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade


The annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the nation.  Marlee Bates and Katy Carton from Kewanee High School have been chosen to join more than 500 junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States.  Marlee, who represented KHS last year in the Pearl Harbor Day Parade said, “I’m looking forward to making lifetime memories with fellow All Americans, my fellow teammate Katy, and visiting the historical sights!”  Katy, who has never been to Pennsylvania said, “I am looking forward to exploring a new state with individuals from all over the US.”

All-Americans will perform alongside massive floats and giant balloons, as well as favorites from the entertainment world as the 2023 Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade makes its way through the heart of historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event is televised on ABC6 in the Philadelphia area and syndicated throughout the United States and streamed on Hulu.  The parade will kick off at 7:30 AM Central Standard Time.

The individuals invited to perform in the parade are cheerleading and dance All-Americans selected from Varsity Spirit camps around the country, including camps organized by the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), National Dance Alliance (NDA), and Urban Cheerleading Experience (UCE).

Marlee and Katy earned the All-American title via tryout based on superior cheerleading or dance skills. Only the top 15% of the cheerleaders and dancers who attend Varsity Spirit camps in the summer receive this honor and the chance to march in this prestigious Thanksgiving Day Parade. The All-American group will be in Philadelphia from November 21, 2023, through the 24th, practicing their routine and visiting Philadelphia landmarks.

The Varsity Spirit All-American program is celebrating over 30 years. For more information, visit or contact Michelle Edwards at (800) 238-0286, ext. 4532 or email [email protected].

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