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CBS Network – All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade – Aloha Festival (Excerpts & Breaks, 11/25/1982)🦃

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Here are surviving recorded excerpts (of the 3-hour-broadcast) of the CBS Network’s All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade (as aired in Chicago via WBBM Channel 2), here emphasizing the Aloha Festival Floral Parade in Hawaii, of which John Hillerman (of Magnum, P.I.) and Linda Lavin (of Alice) are the hosts and color commentators.

(This was part of a series of parades examined in the three-hour special hosted by Larry Hagman and Linda Gray of Dallas, including the Macy’s Parade in New York, hosted by Bruce Boxleitner and Susan Sullivan; the Gimbel’s Parade in Philadelphia, hosted by Kevin Dobson and Christopher Norris; the J.L. Hudson Parade in Detroit, hosted by William Christopher and Marla Gibbs; and the Santa Claus Parade in Toronto, hosted by Mary Frann and Joan Van Ark; none of which are included here except for very short snippets as the recording cuts from one segment to another.)

Behind the Scenes: FMTv Researcher Chris Tufts notes that TV Guide reported the Aloha Parade segment was taped September 26th.


Recording comes in as John and Linda introduce each other alongside luau dancers, then do a hula dance; we cut to Kevin and Christopher in Philly before recording cuts back to John and Linda in Hawaii, commenting as the 200-member Mililani High School Marching Band perform, followed by a float from Hawaiian Airlines spotlighting the Aloha Week Royal Court, then a performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a float from the Polynesian Cultural Center with young women from various Pacific island nations, a performance by the U.S. Army Marching Band (of Sousa’s “Washington Post March”), a Grand Sweepstakes Award float with a huge ukulele model as part of it (and featuring Robert and Roland Cazimero), and a performance by the Discipline Marching Band from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Honolulu

Thanksgiving wishes from cast of Alice

Promo for Walt Disney presentation of “Blackbeard’s Ghost” (voiceover by Wendell Craig)

Promo for CBS Afternoon Playhouse presentation of “Secret Agent Boy”

CBS ‘Eye-D’ (voiceover by Roger Forster)

Commercials for:

Zayre 3-day sale – 60 Hour Sale – ends November 27th (posted separately here:

Montgomery Ward Christmas sale (posted separately here:

Evans Flying Fur Sale

Station ID / promo for Greengrocer Holiday Special (voiceover by Ed Roberts?)

Return bumper and sponsor billboard (voiceover by Roger Forster), returning directly to the Hawaiian festivities where, in this segment, come a float which spins around and the Radford High School Band, before a video of Linda dancing the night before is shown; back at the parade, the Damien Memorial High School band, a float from the Hawaiian Telephone Company, and the Kalani High School band from Honolulu (as they pass, John mentions former parade host and Hawaii Five-O star Jack Lord)

Thanksgiving wishes from Trapper John, M.D. cast

Commercials for:

Playtex Elegance Cross-Your-Heart Bra

Barbie Dreamhouse – Merry Christmas from Mattel (is that Missy Gold?) (voiceover by Mason Adams?) (posted separately here:

Dukes of Hazzard Racing Set – from Ideal

Back to the parade, with the Pearl City High School Marching Band, a relay team running with a mock dragon and the Castle High School Marching Band (a parade perennial), followed by a video of Malo the fire dancer performing the previous night

Commercials for:

Portable Hot Wheels Service Center – from Mattel (with Jason Hervey) (Copyright 1979)

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (ending voiceover by Joel Crager)

Timex watch freeze test (no John Cameron Swayze, alas), involving quartz analogue watch in liquid nitro at -320 degrees

Zoids – from Tomy (each sold separately)

More parade highlights, this time featuring an all-woman fife and drum corps, a float from the Baha’i faith, and the Kailua High School band, after which the hosts conclude their look at the parade

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, November 25th 1982 within the 8:00am to 11:00am timeframe.

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