Taking a walk back through the archives just now, we were not astounded to learn that we’ve been giving the gas face to the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade since way back in 2005. Which is to say, we’ve been wishing this thing would go away almost since this site began. This year’s Parade, once again, is a study in all the reasons why:
This year’s special musical guests include American Idol finalist Justin Guarini, Frenchie Davis from The Voice, the 90s R&B singers of “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That” All-4-One, two-time Grammy Winner Rita Coolidge, Kristen Alderson from General Hospital, Charlie McDermott of ABC’s The Middle, country singer Charlie Worsham, Disney Channel singer Coco Jones, Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler, Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and more.
To put too fine a point on it: The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade is a study in also-rans and has-beens, a living monument to Philly’s inferiority complex. (Sorry about that, All-4-One, please don’t take it personally; and the inclusion of Ryan Howard is both a good one, we’ll admit, but it’s also almost too much to bear.) Now, you could be a devil’s advocate and say that an event like this serves to remind us how far we’ve come, but that doesn’t hold up too well, because we’ve got plenty of other things that could use this excuse as well: Philadelphia magazine, Pearl Jam Night at the Irish Pol, Xfiniti Live, and so on. We could go on. We won’t. What we will do is just put the question to you once and for all:
If it turns out that we’re wrong about this, we’ll shut up about it forever. But we’re not wrong about this. Many things, yes, but this? No.