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It's time to put some ZIP into Charlotte's parade

It's still summer, but it's time to think about one of my favorite holiday traditions...the annual Carolinas' Thanksgiving Day Parade in Uptown.

Who doesn't love a parade?

Especially one with cool vintage cars, beauty queens, and best of all, Santa!

But it's time to update the parade so that it reflects more of what our community is today as we give thanks.

Marching bands: the more the better. But how about some floats with some of our homegrown rock, R&B or even DJs giving us a taste of rhythmic thanks? A slam poet float would be great!

And, while we're at it, maybe we can have floats sponsored by ZIP codes?

The 28277 (Ballantyne) code float would be a train of giant SUVs, followed by a swarm of tattooed scooter riders from 28205 (Central Avenue and North Davidson).

28202 (Uptown and Dilworth) could build a float giving thanks for wine bars, and the 28031 (Lake Norman) contingent can toss red and green breast implant saline pouches out from a pontoon boat float.

Leave it to the south Charlotte 28210-ers to add a dash of style with a float paying homage to khaki pants.

Count on newcomers from Latin America within 28217 to bring a flamenco or mariachi float to life.

And is 2008 the year our drag queen float appears from the 282 oh-no-she-didn't ZIP code!?

I'm thankful we have a parade. We don't have many traditions here.

But as our community has changed, so can the ways we show thanks for all of our many blessings.

Tracy Russ is a Charlotte native and owns a communications/public relations consulting agency. E-mail feedback@eyecharlotte.com.

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