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Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day parade cancelled

For the first time since 1947, there will be no Carrousel parade on Thanksgiving Day in Charlotte.

The board of the nonprofit Carolinas’ Carrousel Inc., which produces the parade, has announced the cancellation of this year’s parade because of a lack of sponsors.

A $75,000 contract with Charlotte-based retailer Belk, the longstanding sponsor, expired after the 2012 parade and was not extended.

In a news release, Jeff Collins, president of the Carrousel board, said: “We closed the Carrousel office at the end of May, but we have continued to pursue corporate or individual funding to support our efforts. Unfortunately, we have not seen the results we hoped for....”

The board hopes to revive the parade in 2014 if it can find sponsors. For information, contact info@carrouselparade.org.

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