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.
In preparation for this event, volunteers gathered together for a workday to clean, paint, decorate and refurbish the floats that will be featured in the parade. Approximately 90 individual entries are expected to participate this year, including floats, bands and dance groups. Some popular floats such as Autobell Sleigh Wash will make a return while others will be new additions.
During this workday, 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 sense of pride and joy to the community.
As part of this 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 traveling down Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte.