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Parade

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thur 9:30 a.m. Tryon Street. novanthealththanksgivingparade.com

A few changes are in store for Charlotte’s 68th Thanksgiving Day Parade. First, it’s reversing direction and traveling north on Tryon Street, beginning at Stonewall. Second, you can buy a front row seat for $15, with proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank (buy on website). Third, look for Segwalloons, a cross between a Segway and a balloon. In addition, there will be 14 marching bands, 25 giant balloons, 14 floats, and singer-actress Maria Howell as grand marshal.

Holiday

Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting

Fri 6-9. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive. piedmonttowncenter.com

Expect electronic train rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, a balloon artist, hot chocolate and Victorian carolers. The tree will be lighted around 7 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Treats

Free frozen yogurt at TCBY Rivergate

Sat TCBY RiverGate, 14318 RiverGate View Drive. facebook.com/tcby.charlotte.rivergate

TCBY Rivergate is celebrating its grand opening by giving out free frozen yogurt to customers all day. The first 100 customers will each receive a gift card for a future visit, worth $1 to $20. Special guest Hugo the Hornet will be swirling from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Entertainment

Blumenthal Open Mic

Fri 7:30 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. blumenthalarts.org

This popular event returns with a new lineup of performers from our community. You might see instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers and magicians. Interested in performing at a future open mic? Visit the website to learn how to throw your name in the hat.

Market

Common Grounds Farm Stand’s Sixth Annual Cornucopia

Sat 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thies Mortgage parking lot, 119 Huntley Place. commongroundsfarmstand.org

You can buy frozen family-size dinners, hearty soups and chilis, baked goods, dips and specialty cheeses. The band Wicked Powers will perform, and artists will include David French, Liz Saintsing and The Painted Elephant. Food vendors to include The Plated Palette, The Naked Pig, Bruks Bars, Coleman’s BBQ Sauce and more. All proceeds benefit the Urban Ministry Center.

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