5 Reasons not to miss the Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade in Uptown

Since 1947, the Queen City has boasted one of the country’s best Thanksgiving Day parades, and this year will be no exception. Kicking off Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24, at 9:30am, more than 100,000 Charlotteans are expected to join the fun in the streets of Uptown. The parade takes place on Tryon Street between the Levine Avenue of the Arts to 9th Street. Need some encouraging to get in the parade spirit? Here are 5 reasons why this is a Charlotte family tradition.

1 - The lineup

This parade is nothing to sneeze at! The parade will feature 31 specialty units, 21 floats, 16 marching bands from area colleges, high schools, civic groups and faith organizations, 15 balloons, seven segwalloons (balloon characters attached to Segways), and one 5’6” walking, royal turkey!

2 - The musicians

Grammy Award winner, and Charlotte native, Anthony Hamilton will serve as the Grand Marshal this year and will be joined by amazingly talented artists from our area, including:

· Carter Faith Jones, an up and coming 16-year-old singer/songwriter from Davidson, N.C.

· Kristina Lachaga, "The Girl With The Big Pink Heart," pop singer/songwriter who has shared the stage at Nickelodeon and Disney concerts and other events up and down the East Coast

· Kristy Lynn, a Nashville recording artist, country/pop singer and songwriter from Albemarle, N.C.

· Taylor Dean, a soulful vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who is breaking into the music industry

· Teresa Guidry, a country music singer/songwriter, and contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” from Rock Hill, S.C.

· Coach David Marsh and Olympic medalists from the US National Swim Team

· Tryon, rising pop duo, and brothers, Stephen and Justin Kirk from Charlotte, N.C.

· Tyler Mingo, a national and international recording artist with the Empire Records label currently resides in Charlotte, N.C.

· Charlotte Music Award Winners Anguish, Dave Koons, and One Leg Rooster

3 - The Weather

Charlotte is absolutely beautiful right now, and Thanksgiving Day promises another day of sunny skies and mild temperatures. Expect a high of 66 with partly sunny skies - perfect parade weather!

4 - The App

No more wondering what’s coming next or who was riding in that unbelievable’s all right at your fingertips with the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade app. Download and use it to learn about performers, bands, and floats; see maps of the parade route; and to interact with social media. The app is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

5 - The extras

Once the parade ends, the fun doesn’t stop. Ice skating at Holiday on Ice at The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be open from 10am - 10pm, and Santa will be on scene at the Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park. 11am - 3pm.

Not able to make it? The parade will be broadcast on WBTV at 4:00 p.m. to 1.1 million households across the region Thanksgiving Day.

Concerned about Granny standing for the entire parade? Advanced reserved seating is available for $20. Visit for more information.

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