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Organizers seeking help for Thanksgiving Parade

Organizers of this year’s Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade in Charlotte got a late start in planning for the event. Now they’re asking for the public’s help to make it happen.

Charlotte Center City Partners, which is managing the event, has scheduled a community meeting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Charlotte Convention Center. The purpose of the meeting is to get ideas and volunteers for the parade, which will take place in Charlotte’s uptown on Nov. 28.

A lack of sponsorship had forced officials with Carolinas Carrousel to announce in August that the parade, a Thanksgiving Day fixture in Charlotte since shortly after World War II, would not take place this year.

But last month, Novant Health stepped in as primary sponsor, media company Titan joined as a secondary backer, and Charlotte Center City Partners agreed to manage the event.

Robert Krumbine of Charlotte Center City Partners said last month that his group would need the public’s help in making the parade happen, since the typical 10-month planning period was being condensed to three months this year.

“Now it’s time for the community to step up and really take ownership of the parade,” Krumbine said.

Wednesday’s meeting is open to those who want to volunteer, those with ideas, or even for representatives of groups that want to participate in the parade.

The Carrousel parade typically has drawn crowds of 30,000 to 50,000 spectators to uptown, and the event is carried on tape delay by WBTV (Channel 3).

“Because we’re putting this parade together in a short amount of time, it’s important that we get the community’s help,” Krumbine said.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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