Charlotte Center City Partners, the organizers of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade, are gearing up for their annual event that will take place on November 22nd in Uptown Charlotte. This parade is the fourth-largest of its kind in the country and the largest in the southeast.
Preparations for the parade are well underway, with staff and volunteers working together to clean, paint, decorate, and refurbish the floats that will be featured in the event. Approximately 90 individual entries, including floats, bands, and dance groups are expected to participate this year. Some popular floats from previous years will make a return appearance, while others will be new additions to the parade.
During a recent work day at Charlotte Center City Partners, volunteers like Brianna Bowers stepped in to help decorate a Christmas float. Bowers expressed her excitement about volunteering for her first time at the event and hoped that it would bring holiday cheer and joy to those who attend.
The televised event is set to attract nearly 1,000 volunteers and an average of 100,000 spectators who will gather in Uptown Charlotte on Thanksgiving eve to witness this festive celebration. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., traveling down Tryon Street through downtown Charlotte’s heartbeat before ending with a spectacular display of lights and fireworks.