Billy Flanigan is a graduate from the Boston Conservatory of Music where he received a BFA in Musical Theater. After graduation, Billy was hired by Walt Disney World where he continues to perform today. Billy has been seen in such shows as Tarzan Rocks, Broadway at the Top, The Hoop Dee Doo Revue and currently performs in Finding Nemo the Musical. Perhaps his claim to fame at Disney was when he played Barbie’s beau, Ken in the Magical World of Barbie.
Billy has become a regular at Philadelphia’s 6ABC/Dunkin’ Donut’s Thanksgiving Day Parade where he sings and entertains the crowds throughout the parade.
The big and small screens are no strangers to Billy as he has appeared in the feature film Dream Trap and television shows such as Superboy, Keenen and Kel and HBO’s From The Earth To The Moon. Billy has even been seen showing his pearly whites in an Aquafresh commercial.
Billy’s favorite roll to date is Dad to his 4 kids and Papa to his 3 grandchildren.
Ms. Simmons is a multifaceted entertainer. She has captivated audiences with her unique style of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Classical, and Broadway genres for more than 25 years. She honed her skills and received her Bachelor of Music from Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
DaVonda Simmons has headlined in some of Florida’s hottest entertainment venues. In the Miami area, she has performed at the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel, the famous Forge Restaurant, and O’Hara’s Jazz Club, to name a few. Most recently her appearances have included The Grand Bohemian Hotel, The Peabody Orlando, The Blue Zoo, City Jazz at Universal Studios, the Blue Martini in Tampa, Florida, Hyatt Hotel Orlando and Sapphire Falls Hotel Orlando, Florida.
Ms. Simmons’ experience as an all-around entertainer has contributed to her success and extensive work for the Walt Disney World Company. She has appeared as a principal performer and special guest artist for Walt Disney Entertainment for more than 20 years. She has had the pleasure of being the opening act for such greats as Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Marvin Hamlisch, Lionel Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Mangione, Rosemary Clooney, Della Reese, Nell Carter, Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, and many others. She also appeared with John Davidson in Disney’s Christmas Day Parade. Ms. Simmons performs as a recurring special guest artist on the ABC Network for Philadelphia’s Fourth of July and the ABC 6/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day parades, as well as, The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington D.C. During the 2004 Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, she had the privilege of performing the opening production for the President of the United States.
Ms. Simmons’ abilities to tailor her shows has led to numerous convention performances for major clients such as IBM, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, BankAtlantic, and others. In addition, she currently produces, directs, and is a principal performer in one of Central Florida’s hottest gospel ensembles. She has recorded voice-over performances for Visa USA, Reading Is Fundamental Foundation, Charisma Productions, Walt Disney World Company, and The Children’s Television Network. She is also the May 1998 winner of the nationally televised “ShowTime at the Apollo.” Presently, Ms. Simmons is appearing as a principal in “The Dooley and Pals Show,” a syndicated children’s television show airing on PBS and TBN.
She has made frequent worldwide appearances as a headline entertainer aboard the many ships operated by Cunard Crown Cruise Line. In her one-woman show, Ms. Simmons takes audiences on a musical journey that includes the nostalgia of the Swing Era, the pop sounds of Motown R&B, and favorite Broadway showstoppers.
As a studio vocalist, Ms. Simmons’ rich dynamic voice has been heard on pop albums, gospel CDs, and commercial jingles for more than 20 years. She has sung back-up vocals on recordings for artist such as Vanessa L. Williams, Jermaine Jackson, Expose’, Gloria Estefan, and Irene Cara. Most recently, her vocal talents can be heard in “Zarkana”, a Cirque du Soleil production. She has recorded various commercial and promotional jingles for Chevrolet, Lynx, Magic 107FM, Disney - MGM Studios, Disney Institute, and Amscot, to name a few.
Ms. Simmons’ received rave reviews for her musical theatre performances as Effie White in Dreamgirls at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter Florida, and principal roles in shows such as Sweet Charity, The Wiz, The Festival Of The Lion King and Menopause the Musical.
Julia Rae is a singer, actress, host and model. She is thrilled to be making her 9th appearance as a featured performer in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade. Julia was crowned Miss Philadelphia 2015 in February, a local Miss America Organization preliminary competition. Julia’s original song "Be That Girl" is featured in the motion picture The Greening of Whitney Brown, starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson. Julia has performed in the Miss America parade in Atlantic City, appeared on Radio Disney, sung the National Anthem at Major League Baseball games, and was a solo performer in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. Julia has modeled in bridal shows, runway events and international print advertisements. A recent graduate of Fordham University, Julia is working and living in New York City. Connect with Julia on Instagram and Twitter @itsjuliarae and at juliarae.com
No stranger to the Gospel industry, Khare has shared the stage with musical greats such as Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kirk Franklin and more! He has recorded two albums with the incomparable Ricky Dillard and has performed with the same on The Stellar Awards, BET’s Celebration of Gospel as well as in other countries.
Khare, like so many others, was born and raised in church. With his mother being a Reverend and his father a VP at Sony, Khare has been around music all of his life. His upbringing also afforded him the opportunity to learn how to serve in various areas of ministry which will help him on this new journey. Khare’s earliest achievement began by founding the Olympia High School Choir in Orlando, FL. To date, this choir is still active and flourishing.
With the help of some well-known industry friends, Khare is embarking on a solo career that will catapult him to the top of the charts. His flair for style and vocal abilities are a winning combination. He is sure to win over any skeptic as soon as they hear his smooth melodic voice.
In September 2014, Khare released his debut EP entitled “Awesome God”. This EP will have a mixture of modern worship and praise along with some traditional sounds which is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Khare believes in and stands on the Word of God and declares that no matter what has happened in his past, and where this journey takes him in the future, Romans 8:28 will be his mantra, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Varisty Spirit All American Cheerleaders
Varsity Spirit All-Americans are made up of the top 10% of the 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers who attended a Varsity Spirit camp in the summer. Memphis-based Varsity Spirit is the driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and the leading global source for all things cheerleading and dance. A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation and educational camps, clinics and competitions, impacting nearly a million athletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit’s 1,200 employees have been helping raise cheerleading’s influence and profile since 1974. For more information about Varsity Spirit, please visit www.varsity.com.
Texas State Strutters
The Strutters of Texas State University have long been associated with pageantry and excellence in performance for Texas State intercollegiate athletics. The organization is considered one of the premier dance teams in America. Since their inception in 1960, the Strutters boast over 3,000 alumnae, representing every state in the United States.
The Strutters organization is unique in that it was the FIRST precision dance team formed at a four-year university and is currently the largest in the nation with 110 members. For 58-years Strutters have served as ambassadors for Texas State University on state, national and international levels with performances in 26 countries spanning 4 continents.
One of the most impressive honors was their selection as the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People's Republic of China. Other highlights include: three Presidential Inaugural Parades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Disney Paris Parade at Disneyland Paris, Children’s Christmas Parade in Dallas, numerous NFL & NBA halftime performances, MTV's Total Request Live, a national television commercial for Coca-Cola, and appearances in five movies. The Texas State Strutters have also represented Texas State University and the City of San Marcos in the NBC network television program, "America's Got Talent.” In 2016, the Strutters were chosen as the first group to open the Battle of Flowers Parade in San Antonio, Texas.
Aside from excellence in dance, the organization takes pride in helping young women develop communication skills, character and confidence. Strutters serve as exemplary role models to thousands of high school dance team members across Texas and the United States.
Jackson Liberty Marching Band
Established in 2006, the Jackson Liberty Band has become one of the strongest music programs in the State of NJ. Over the years, the group has been recognized by The Foundation for Music Education, the National Association for Music Education and the New Jersey Association of Jazz Education for being a great partner in the field of music education and music performance. Over the years the Jackson Liberty Band has received awards for Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Colorguard. They have received the highest scores at various competitions winning Best Overall Grand Champion Awards, Espirit De’ Corps awards as well as the Mayors Cup!
The Band has also participated in various parades throughout the years. They have performed at the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City NJ, National Memorial Day Parade as well as the National Independence Day Parade both in Washington D.C., the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade in West Chester PA, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, and The Festival of Fantasy Parade in Florida.
Upper Darby Shooting Stars
"The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars are the flagship of the nationally-recognized Upper Darby Summer Stage program, bringing their high-energy performance year-round to the Greater Philadelphia area. They have performed for Philadelphia's "Hairspray Live" event at the Kimmel Center, Disney World's Magic Music Days, the Philadelphia AIDs Walk, as well as numerous retirement communities, nursing homes, and community events in the region. The Shooting Stars are under the direction of Kevin Dietzler along with choreographer Abby Shunskis Dietzler and musical director Daniel Matarazzo."
CB West Choir
The Central Bucks High School-West Choirs comprise of the most respected high school choral programs in the nation. The choirs have presented over 400 world premieres written for them by composers from around the globe. Performances have been for heads of state including: Presidents Obama and Clinton of the US, Presidents de Klerk and Mandela of South Africa, President Havel of the Czech Republic, and Prime Minister Perez of Israel. The choirs have performed from coast to coast, in Canada, and in France. They have performed 20 times at Carnegie Hall and 9 times in The White House. Other performances include: Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Students from the Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Dancers from The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, under the astounding and sound leadership of LaDeva M. Davis has been a part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1988. They have performed amazing production numbers ranging from "Dreamgirls" to "The Wiz" to "High School Musical". They are truly a community with passion, drive and the commitment to the art of dance and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade tradition.
The Parade Youth Choir
The All Star TAP Dance Team
Dancin' on the Parkway
New Jersey Boy Choir & Garden State Girl Choir
The New Jersey Boychoir and Garden State Girlchoir are South Jersey's only community-based boychoir and girlchoir. Depending on where a singer lives, rehearsals are held in Riverton, Moorestown, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield or at Rowan University. Transformative, life changing opportunities are offered to boys and girls between 8 and 18, from performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra to touring internationally. For more information visit newjerseyboychoir.org or gardenstategirlchoir.org.
Harmony Show Choir
Harmony Show Choir, from Gloucester Township, NJ, is a vibrant ensemble that aims to create energetic and entertaining shows that excite our audiences. Our shows are meant to inspire people to sing, to dance, to laugh, to think, and to enrich our audiences’ lives through music and dance.
The ensemble is made up of talented and dynamic high school age performers auditioned to perform an array of music and dance.
We pride ourselves on a professional quality show with high energy and upbeat entertainment.
Beat Addikts Unite
Beat Addikts United, Inc., also known as BAU, established in 2012, is located in Delaware and hosts an array of young hip hop dancers from PA, DE, MD and NJ. The company at large has over 180 young hip hop dancers representing over 20 dance studios, crews and teams in the tri-state area that participate in an annual showcase in August of every year. "One Beat, One Love" is our slogan that represents unity, networking and a friendship where the dancers feel safe and equally appreciated.
The Beat Performance Team is our traveling team that competes, performs and does charity work across the area. Our Senior Crew of BPT is the older fraction of our traveling team, we also have 13 more dancers that are on our Junior crew.
Spirit David Dance Ministry
The Spirit David Dance Ministry was established in the year 2000. In 2016 under the leadership of Tara Bligen it then became The Spirit of David Traveling Ministry. The women and men of this ministry consist of various ages, come from various backgrounds, have different dance experience, but come together as one to praise the Lord and bring souls to Christ through dance.