Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Eve Parade is returning to Uptown on November 22nd, just in time for the holiday season. This parade, organized by Charlotte Center City Partners, is the fourth-largest of its kind in the country and the largest in the southeast.
Preparations are currently underway, with staff at Charlotte Center City Partners working hard to clean, paint, decorate and refurbish the floats that will be featured in the parade. Over 90 individual entries, including floats, bands and dance groups are expected to participate this year. Some popular floats like Autobell sleigh wash will be returning while others are new additions.
During a recent workday, volunteers like Brianna Bowers stepped in to help decorate a Christmas float. Bowers, who is volunteering for the first time, expressed her hope that the event will bring about holiday cheer and a sense of pride and joy to the community.
As part of the televised event, nearly 1000 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.