About the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Join us November 23-26, 2021 for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

Eligible Participants:

  • UCA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans that were selected at camp
  • UDA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans that were selected at camp
  • NCA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans and All-American Nominees that were selected at camp 
  • NDA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans and All-American Nominees that were selected at camp 
  • UCE JH & JR Varsity All-Americans that were selected at camp
  • This parade is for All-Americans in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin 
  • Varsity All-Americans who are unable to attend the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade can choose to participate in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Year in School: 4th grade and above

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Trip Dates: November 23-26, 2021

Itinerary

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change based on city and state health regulations. A final, more detailed itinerary will be emailed to all registered attendees closer to the event date. Limited space available. 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 23:
Arrive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania* 

  • “Welcome to Philadelphia” dinner 
  • Parade rehearsal for the All-Americans
    — Chaperones & parents will have an Orientation Meeting that will provide details on the week! 

*Travel arrangements to and from Philadelphia are NOT INCLUDED in the cost of the trip. Please call ALTOUR at 866-719-0379 to arrange your flight to Philadelphia. All-Americans will need to provide their own transportation from the airport to the hotel.  This is not included in the price of the trip.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24:
Rehearsal and Sightseeing 

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel 
  • Depart the hotel for the main PARADE REHEARSAL at the Philadelphia Art Museum 
  • Return to the hotel and enjoy some free time! 
  • Join in on an optional walking tour of Historic Philadelphia! Guides in colonial dress will take you to see such famous landmarks as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
  • Board the boat for a Dinner Cruise along the Delaware River

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25: 

Happy Thanksgiving & Parade Day! 

  • Rise and Shine for an early breakfast buffet at the hotel 
  • Depart the hotel for the 101st Annual “PHILADELPHIA THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.” 
  • Perform and cheer to the crowds along the streets of Philadelphia! At the end of the parade route, perform for a live TV show and participate in the finale of the parade.  
  • Return to the hotel following the parade for a traditional, Thanksgiving Lunch.
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving this evening with a DJ Dance party and pizza.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26:
Return home 

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel to get you started for your travel home 

Who gets to go: 

  • UCA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans that were selected at camp 
  • UDA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans that were selected at camp 
  • NCA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans and All-American Nominees that were selected at camp 
  • NDA JH & JR Varsity All-Americans and All-American Nominees that were selected at camp 
  • UCE JH & JR Varsity All-Americans that were selected at camp

(4th grade and older) 

These states are eligible for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin 

Pricing

TOUR COST, RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS: 

Pricing is per person based on the total number of people in the room regardless if they are a participant or a spectator. For example, 3 participants and one spectator would be the quad rate per person. The participants would each pay the participant quad rate and the spectator would be the quad spectator price. All prices listed below is per person.

The total number accepted for this tour is limited. Completed reservation application and $200.00 (non-refundable) per person deposit MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE VARSITY SPIRIT OFFICE on or before the dates listed below. 

3 Night Package: 

Pricing listed below is per person. 

Arrival on November 23rd, departure on November 26th 

Participant Prices
Quad (4 people per room) – $783
Triple (3 people per room) – $818
Double (2 people per room) – $887 

Spectator Prices
Quad (4 people per room) – $743
Triple (3 people per room) – $778
Double (2 people per room) – $847
Single (1 person per room) – $1,073 

2 Night Package: 

Pricing listed below is per person. 

Arrival on November 23rd, departure on November 25th
*The Two Night Package does not include Thursday night dinner/DJ party, Thursday night hotel and Friday morning breakfast

Participant Prices
Quad (4 people per room) – $680
Triple (3 people per room) – $707
Double (2 people per room) – $752 

Spectator Prices
Quad (4 people per room) – $640
Triple (3 people per room) – $667
Double (2 people per room) – $712
Single (1 person per room) – $844 

The total number accepted for this tour is limited. Completed reservation application and $200.00 (non-refundable) per person deposit MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE VARSITY SPIRIT OFFICE on or before the dates listed below. 

Extra Meal Prices

If you have friends or family not on the travel package, they can join you for the Welcome Dinner Tuesday night, Thanksgiving Lunch or dinner Thursday night.  There are no additional ticket for the Dinner Boat cruise on Wednesday night.  The prices can be found below for additional meal tickets and must be purchased prior to arrival.

Tuesday Dinner: $40
Thanksgiving Lunch: $60
Thursday Dinner: $30 

Payment Deadlines: 
  • $200 per person deposit due by the following dates:  If you attended camp in June or July, your deposit is due August 17, 2021.  If you attended camp in August, your deposit is due September 14, 2021 
  • Final payment is due by October 15, 2021 

Cancellations on or before October 1, 2021 will receive a full refund except for the $200 deposit. Cancellations between  October 2, 2021 and October 15, 2021, an additional $100 per person penalty will apply. Starting on October 16, 2021  there will be no refunds. 

After September 14, 2021, please call the Varsity Spirit LLC office for availability at 800-238-0286 (option 2) for availability. 

FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE IN THE VARSITY SPIRIT OFFICE ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 15. UNIFORMS WILL NOT BE SHIPPED UNTIL THE BALANCE OF PAYMENT IS MADE. 

EXTRA NIGHTS: A limited number of rooms are available for $169 per night. Please indicate if you wish to purchase an extra night. (Extra night fees are for room only.) 

CONFIRMATION: After completed  reservation application and deposit are received,  a reservation  confirmation will be sent to you via  email.  Information  regarding the  performance and confirmed rooming list will be  sent to you in October. A link with your routine and your uniform will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to the event. 

CHAPERONES: Each All-American must have  at  least  one  adult chaperone. One adult can chaperone up to 3  All-Americans. Adults must be 21 years or older. Varsity Spirit is not responsible for supervising the All-Americans. 

FINAL PAYMENT:  If final payment is not received by October 15, 2021, and  special written arrangements are  not made and approved with Varsity Spirit PRIOR to the deadline, you will automatically be removed from the tour, which will result in a complete forfeiture of all monies paid. 

TOUR ORGANIZER: This tour  is  being  organized  for  select  All- Americans  of Universal Cheerleaders Association,  Universal Dance Association, National Cheerleaders Association, National Dance Alliance and Urban Cheerleading Experience divisions of Varsity Spirit LLC. 

Varsity Spirit LLC: 6745 Lenox Center Court Suit 300 Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone 888-243-3782  or  800-326-2383;  Fax  901-387-4357. 

All cancellations must be in writing to Varsity Spirit via email to Taylor Shelton at tshelton@varsity.com. We will not accept cancellations by phone. 

THE COST OF YOUR TRIP INCLUDES 

  • Three nights accommodations at the Hilton Penns Landing Hotel (Or two nights for the two night package)
  • Dinner on Tuesday evening
  • Parade rehearsal on Tuesday evening
  • Breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning
  • Bus transportation to Parade rehearsal on Wednesday morning
  • Dinner Boat cruise
  • Walking tour of historic Philadelphia
  • Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Thursday night DJ/Pizza Party
  • Parade participation for the All-American
  • Parade uniform for the All-American
  • Grandstand seats for each Spectator on the travel package
  • Bus transportation to and from the parade
  • Souvenir tshirt for all participants and spectators
  • Souvenir parade tshirt, patch and pin for the All-American
  • All taxes and gratuities

ACCOMMODATIONS: Accommodations will be provided at the Hilton Penn’s Landing, a centrally located deluxe hotel. Tour participants may be required to share a bed in double, triple or quad rooms. 

MEALS: Breakfast served daily, Welcome to Philly dinner, Dinner cruise, Thanksgiving lunch and pizza dinner. 

UNIFORM: For parade participants only. Uniform includes top, pants, briefs and poms.

THE COST OF YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE: Air transportation from your home to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lunch on arrival day and lunch on Wednesday. Optional expenses include items of a personal nature; independent sightseeing, trip cancellation/baggage insurance, meals and beverages  other than  specified, baggage handling  at airport, round trip airport transfer; any other items not mentioned as included. 

“OUT-OF-POCKET” EXPENSES: Each participant is responsible for lunches, phone calls, etc. We suggest $40.00 per day for “out-of-pocket” expenses. 

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Registration

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORMS

Please complete, print and sign your registration forms and liability release prior to mailing them to our office. Registration forms are editable, so you may complete them electronically before submitting. All liability releases must be mailed, as we need the original signed copy. 

Payment schedule:

  • $200 per person deposit due according to when you attended camp
    • If you attended camp in June or July, your deposit is due August 17, 2021.
    • If you attended camp in August, your deposit is due September 14, 2021
  • Final payment is due by October 15, 2021

Option 1: Download, complete, print and sign all forms using blue or black ink, and return by FedEx or UPS: 

Varsity Spirit LLC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade
6745 Lenox Center Court
Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38115 

Option 2: Download, complete, print and sign all forms using blue or black ink, and return via email to Taylor Shelton, tshelton@varsity.com
Subject: Varsity Spirit LLC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade 

*Please do not email credit card information. After your registration is received, a Varsity Representative will contact you to make a credit card payment. 

Registration will not be complete until payment is received. 

Uniforms

The uniform includes top, pants and poms for females or top and pants for males. All participants will need to bring white tennis shoes and white socks. Uniforms will be shipped two weeks prior to the event.

Not sure what size to order? Watch our Uniform Measurement Guide to find out:

Spectators/Chaperones

Each All-American must have at least one adult chaperone. However, if there is more than one All-American attending from your school, you may have one chaperone for up to three All-Americans. Adult chaperones must be 21 years or age or older. Varsity Spirit LLC is not responsible for supervising the All-Americans.  

Release/Waiver Form: Every participant, family member and adviser participating on the tour must turn in a signed release/waiver form. 

*Pricing is per person and it based on the number of people in the room. 

Three night:

Arrival on November 23rd, departure on November 26th

Spectator Prices
Quad (4 people per room) – $743
Triple (3 people per room) – $778
Double (2 people per room) – $847
Single (1 person per room) – $1,073

Two night:

Arrival on November 23rd, departure on November 25th
*The Two Night Package does not include Thursday night dinner/DJ party, Thursday night hotel and Friday morning breakfast.

Spectator Prices
Quad (4 people per room) – $640
Triple (3 people per room) – $667
Double (2 people per room) – $712
Single (1 person per room) – $844

THE COST OF YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

  • Three nights accommodations at the Hilton Penns Landing Hotel (Or two nights for the two night package)
  • Dinner on Tuesday evening
  • Parade rehearsal on Tuesday evening
  • Breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning
  • Bus transportation to Parade rehearsal on Wednesday morning
  • Dinner Boat cruise
  • Walking tour of historic Philadelphia
  • Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Thursday night DJ/Pizza Party
  • Grandstand seats for each Spectator on the travel package
  • Bus transportation to and from the parade
  • Souvenir tshirt for all participants and spectators
  • All taxes and gratuities

THE COST OF YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE: Air transportation  from your home to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lunch on arrival day and Wednesday, optional expenses – items of a personal  nature; independent sightseeing, trip cancellation/baggage insurance; meals and beverages other than specified; baggage handling at airport; round trip airport transfer; any other items not mentioned as included. 

“OUT-OF-POCKET” EXPENSES: Each participant is responsible for lunches, phone calls, etc. We suggest $40.00 per day for “out-of-pocket” expenses. 

FAQ

Can family/friends come eat any other meals with us?
YES! We do have a limited number of additional meal tickets for the Welcome Dinner Tuesday night, Thanksgiving Lunch and the DJ Party on Thursday night. The Welcome Dinner is $40, the Thanksgiving Lunch is $60 and the DJ Party is $30. These are limited so please order asap. 

I am the only All-American coming from my team. Will I be by myself?
Absolutely not! You will meet several new friends throughout the week! The majority of the All-Americans that attend are the only ones from their team! By the first night, you will have many new friends! Get ready to make some new friends for LIFE! 

What is the dress for the week?
The dress for the week is very casual. Most wear jeans and sweaters. It all depends on the temperature. The only time that you would wear different is for the Dinner Boat Cruise. That dress is Sunday dress (no jeans). Everyone can wear nice pants and sweater, skirt and sweater, or dress. 

What is the weather like?
It changes every year! It has been cold, rainy, warm, snow…you name it, we’ve had it, so be prepared and check the weather before you leave! 

I am a parent/chaperone going on the trip. Will get to do everything that my All-American does?
YES! As a chaperone on the trip, you will travel with your All-American at all times. The only time you will be separate is on parade day. While the All-Americans are performing in the parade, the chaperones will watch the parade from the Grandstands. 

What time can we check into our rooms?
The Hilton Penn’s Landing does its very best to have the rooms ready when you arrive. However, if your room is not ready, they can hold your luggage if you would like to visit Philly until your room is ready! 

What do the All-Americans wear to rehearsal?
For rehearsal Tuesday night at the hotel, the All-Americans can just wear whatever practice clothes they are comfortable in. For the rehearsal at the Art Museum on Wednesday, we ask that they wear the Philly Souvenir t-shirt and any pants they would like.  (sweatpants, leggings or anything that they can move in that is warm). 

What kind of shoes should the All-Americans wear?
Any white cheer/dance shoe is fine, if your shoe has a colored Nike swoosh or the colored panels that is fine as well.  No colored shoes, thick soled Sketchers or dance slippers. 

What kind of jewelry can the All-Americans wear?
They can wear small stud earrings only. No hoop or dangly earrings.  Hair should be out of their faces and make up should be kept to a day makeup. No need for “performance” makeup. 

What is the parade route?
The parade winds through the streets of Philly. You will receive the parade route map when you check in to the hotel. However, the parade will end in front of the Art Museum. 

Is the parade on TV?
Yes, the parade is televised on the Philadelphia on the ABC station. There are select other stations that it will be broadcast on, however we have not received that information from the Parade. Check with your local ABC station to see if they will show it. 

What if it rains?
The parade happens rain or shine! We will provide some rain ponchos in case it rains, but we will keep our fingers crossed for sun! 

Who gets Grandstand tickets?
Only the non participants (spectators/chaperones) on the Travel package get Grandstand tickets. They are given to us by the Parade and we can only get one for each non participant on our package, no extras. These tickets cannot be purchased anywhere. The Parade gives these to the groups who perform in the Parade, bands, etc. These will be given out during Registration on Tuesday and must be signed for. If you want to sit in the Grandstands, you need to stay on our travel package.  

If I do not have a Grandstand ticket, where is the best place to watch the parade?
Anywhere along the street is a great place! The performance the All-Americans are doing is walking and stationary so we will be performing during the entire parade route! However, the most popular place to watch is along the Ben Franklin Parkway. 

If we are watching from the Grandstands, what should be prepared for?
It all depends on the weather! Check the weather before you leave, but you can bring: a blanket (not one from the hotel!), thermos for coffee, rain poncho and something to dry the bleachers off in case of rain,  stadium back chair, maybe some snacks (the parade is long!) and as much warm stuff as possible! It can also get windy. It just all depends on the weather! Let’s hope for sun! 

Where are the Grandstands located?
They are located directly in front of the Art Museum in the Parade television area. You will see the All-Americans from there! 

Press Release

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