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, this event is a beloved holiday tradition in Uptown Charlotte.
With only a few days left before the big day, volunteers and staff are hard at work decorating and refurbishing floats for the parade. Approximately 90 individual entries, including floats, bands, and dance groups are expected to participate this year. Some popular floats, such as the Autobell sleigh wash, will be making a return, while others will be new additions.
During a recent work day, Brianna Bowers volunteered to help decorate a Christmas float. Bowers 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 is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve as it travels down Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte.