Charlotte Center City Partners is preparing for the return of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade on November 22nd. As the fourth-largest parade of its kind in the country and the largest in the southeast, it’s an event not to be missed.
With just a few weeks until the big day, staff members at Charlotte Center City Partners have been working tirelessly to clean, paint, decorate, and refurbish the floats that will be featured in the parade. Approximately 90 individual entries, including floats, bands, and dance groups are expected to participate this year. Some popular floats will make a comeback while others will be new additions.
During a recent work day, volunteers like Brianna Bowers stepped in to help decorate a Christmas float. Bowers, who is volunteering for the first time, expressed her excitement about being part of the event and hoped it would bring holiday cheer and joy to the community.
As part of the televised event, nearly 1,000 volunteers will be involved and an average of 100,000 spectators is expected to attend. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve as it travels down Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte.