Happy Thanksgiving everybody! To celebrate, Billy Penn is sharing nine photos of past Thanksgivings in Philadelphia. A note: The parade in the 60s and 70s had some pretty psychedelic/frightening floats. All photos come from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and are printed with permission from Temple University Libraries.

1946: A local couple with their son, soon after returning from military service in North Africa.

TGiving couple

1958: Patients from CHOP check out a submarine float.

Tgiving Submarine

1961: Um, exactly what kind of float is this supposed to be?

TGiving really scary

1969: Children from the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary school collect clothes for charity.

TGiving clothing drive

1970: Real dog approaches extremely scary-looking cat float.

TGiving cat

1971: Don’t worry, there was also a massive and scary dog float.

TGiving Dog massive

1976: Penn students act like pilgrims at Irvine Auditorium.

TGiving Penn Pilgrims

1977: Oh hey that car is missing a wheel.

Tgiving 3 wheel car

1981: They called them “Sheikh” drummers back then.

TGiving Sheiks

Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...