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500 volunteers needed for 2013 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Parade organizers say they need at least 500 volunteers to help pull off Charlotte’s annual Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to 1947.

Potential volunteers for the 2013 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade can attend an information event and rally at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Adventure Landing, 10400 Cadillac St. in Pineville.

Volunteer roles include the self-explanatory positions of balloon handlers; chaperones; costumed walkers and Parade Marshals.

Other roles include check-in/disband volunteers – who help check in other volunteers, parade units and marching bands, then help disband parade units following the parade– as well as Security/”Ask Me,” volunteers, who answer spectator questions and help ensure the safety of the crowd and parade participants.

All registered volunteers must attend one of the multiple training sessions offered the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, Nov. 23-24.

Volunteers should be able to walk the one-mile parade route, be comfortable standing more than six hours without sitting and be prepared to help regardless of weather conditions.

Potential volunteers must be 18 unless accompanied by an adult. Those under 18 are only able to volunteer as costumed walkers.

Details and to register as a volunteer online: tiny.cc/NovantParade2013.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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