National Constitution Center puts on the Ritz with Showstopping Roaring ’20S Performance

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National Constitution CenterTo the delight of the crowd and viewers across the Philadelphia region and beyond, the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will transform into a swanky 1920s speakeasy during the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 22, 2012. The performance will celebrate the National Constitution Center’s new, world premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

Nearly 70 performers, including musicians, vocalists, and dancers dressed as gangsters and flappers will dazzle and shine during a fast-paced, toe-tapping, two-and-a-half minute number. The live broadcast starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 12 noon. The Roaring ’20s performance is scheduled for the 11 o’clock hour. The Center’s musical performance is especially poignant since Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the oldest in the country and began in 1920.

“American Spirits is the Center’s most ambitious and exciting exhibition to date and bringing it to life through the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fabulous opportunity for us,” said Margaret Cronan, the National Constitution Center’s Chief Communications Officer. “We thank 6abc for bringing us this opportunity and encourage those attending the parade and watching it on television to experience the full Prohibition exhibition at the Center during the holiday season.”

“We’re thrilled to have the National Constitution Center as a partner in this city tradition,” said 6abc President and General Manager, Bernie Prazenica. “This parade is about tradition, history, and Philadelphia – all things the National Constitution Center represents. We believe this is a perfect fit for our parade, and the viewers watching at home.”

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For the viewers at home, the Center’s Roaring ’20s number will start in black and white and as the music and dancing intensify, the screen will become full color. Four vocalists, accompanied by a six-piece jazz band and backed by 32 performers from the Upper Darby Shooting Stars Show Choir, will perform toe- tapping jazz standards for the crowd, including “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” and “This Joint is Jumpin’.” Eighteen dancers dressed as flappers and gangsters will perform choreographed numbers to the music while couples siting at cocktail tables enjoy the scene.

The National Constitution Center also is participating in the Campbell’s Winter Wonderland Expo Tent, located in Eakins Oval. Visitors to the Center’s booth can win prizes by spinning a wheel and correctly answering questions


about Prohibition. Prizes include tickets to the exhibition as well as 1920’s inspired merchandise from the museum’s store. One lucky winner will receive a “Prohibition Prize Pack” worth well over $100.

Through April 28, 2013, the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends likeAl Capone and Carry Nation comes vividly to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition explores America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup.

Admission to American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is $17.50 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 4-12. Active military personnel and children ages 3 and under are free. Group rates also are available. Admission to the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, including the award-winning theatrical production Freedom Rising, is included. For ticket information, call 215.409.6700 or visit

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

About the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dating back to 1920, Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s oldest. Each year it announces the arrival of the holiday season with beautiful floats, marching bands, musical guests, dance teams and ample amounts of cheer. Gimbel’s started the tradition in 1920. The department store continued to produce the parade until the company went out of business in 1986. That’s when WPVI- TV and its corporate sponsors stepped in. 6abc, which produces the parade in its entirety, has continued to build Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day tradition, adding ABC Network celebrities, stars from stage and screen, Disney characters, and local personalities, including members of the Action News team.

The 1.4-mile parade route steps off from the intersection of 20th Street and JFK Boulevard, turns left onto 16th Street and then left onto Ben Franklin Parkway. The entire parade route is free and open to the public, except for a limited number of grandstand seats in the telecast area that are for sponsors and VIPs only.

The telecast area is located near the end of the route, directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The parade is aired live on Channel 6abc and is syndicated to various markets east of the Mississippi. The parade can also be viewed as a live webcast on

For more information, call 215.409.6700 or visit

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