Philadelphia's annual Thanksgiving Day parade kicked off the holiday for the region, but this year's celebration brought with it a few more hats, coats and gloves than in years past.

Huge floats and live performances decorated the Parkway in honor of the 99th anniversary of the celebration. Originally hosted by Gimbels department store, the 2018 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts parade began at 8:30 a.m. at JFK Boulevard and 20th Street before making its way down the Parkway and ending at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's steps at noon.

Attendees lined the Parkway to catch a glimpse of Gritty, the Flyers' red-hot new mascot, as well as other special guests, including American Idol's Justin Guarini, Michael Woodard and Catie Turner; Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin; Mr. and Mrs. Claus and many more.

There may be cloudless blue skies overhead, but a frigid cold made it a bitter morning for attendees and participants alike. Today's high isn't expected to top 30 degrees, while wind gusts could reach 26 mph, according to the National Weather Service, making for what's likely the coldest Thanksgiving in more than a century for the Philadelphia region.

Rose Pisacano, 22, wrapped herself in a blanket while she watched the parade. She just got back from Puerto Rico, where she said it was 90 degrees.

"I'm not prepared for this," she said. "This is too much."

She was thankful, though, for her smooth flight to see her family during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Her family, from Philadelphia, goes to the parade every year.

"I'm thankful they still have the parade. That it still goes on," said her father, Joseph, 55. "It's literally the one thing that we do every year."

Whether the cold kept you inside or you toughed it out for the festivities, check out parade photos from staff photographer Tim Tai below:

Members of the Wyoming All-State Marching Band color guard try to keep warm before the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Members of the Wyoming All-State Marching Band color guard try to keep warm before the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Float performers try to keep warm before the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Float performers try to keep warm before the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Members of the Olentangy Orange High School Pioneers marching band from Lewis Center, Ohio, perform during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Members of the Olentangy Orange High School Pioneers marching band from Lewis Center, Ohio, perform during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Workers pull the Daniel Tiger balloon during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Workers pull the Daniel Tiger balloon during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Float riders wave Philadanco flags during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Float riders wave Philadanco flags during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Spectators bundle up to watch the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Spectators bundle up to watch the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Marchers in a Rothman Institute-sponsored group wave pom-poms during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Marchers in a Rothman Institute-sponsored group wave pom-poms during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Mickey Mouse greets spectators during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Mickey Mouse greets spectators during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
A clown steps off a bus before the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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A clown steps off a bus before the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
Aidan Pilkington, 16, left, and his brother, Caelem, 14, from Long Island, N.Y., watch the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
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Aidan Pilkington, 16, left, and his brother, Caelem, 14, from Long Island, N.Y., watch the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecast to reach only into the 20s.
The Dublin (Ohio) Jerome High School color guard performs with the school’s marching band during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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The Dublin (Ohio) Jerome High School color guard performs with the school’s marching band during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
A T-rex balloon appears to eat the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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A T-rex balloon appears to eat the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
Flyers mascot Gritty helps hold down the Underdog balloon during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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Flyers mascot Gritty helps hold down the Underdog balloon during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
Aladdin and Princess Jasmine embrace on a float during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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Aladdin and Princess Jasmine embrace on a float during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
Kevin Turk of Philadelphia, rear, and his children (from left) James, 2; Maddie, 4; and Veronica, 6, watch a marching band perform during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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Kevin Turk of Philadelphia, rear, and his children (from left) James, 2; Maddie, 4; and Veronica, 6, watch a marching band perform during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
Unicyclists in the Woodside One Wheelers from Topsham, Maine, perform during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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Unicyclists in the Woodside One Wheelers from Topsham, Maine, perform during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
Workers march past the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a fish balloons from a Dr. Seuss book during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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Workers march past the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a fish balloons from a Dr. Seuss book during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
Clowns march during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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Clowns march during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to spectators during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.
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Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to spectators during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia’s Center City on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Temperatures were forecasted to reach only into the 20s.