Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is back for 2019, for its 72nd year. It’s bigger and better than ever.
It’ll step off Thursday, November 28th, 2019, at 9 a.m.
The parade will head on Tryon Street from 9th Street to Stonewall Street.
Look for updates on the Facebook event.
Please also check out our list of 50+ free things to do Thanksgiving Weekend!
The performance area will be located in front of the Duke Energy building, 550 S. Tryon Street.
- Abby K
- Ansley Burns
- Brooke McBride
- Curt Keyz
- Greg Cox
- Laurel & The Love-In
- Montana Modderman
- Noel Friedline & Maria Howell
- Nolan Neal
- Vinny Esposito — Split Second Sound
- Grand Marshal: Former Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart
- Honorary Marshal: Former Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith
- More than 100 organizations participate in the parade
- 44 specialty units
- 15 floats
- 12 marching bands
- Eight balloons, including a 50-foot-long version of The Muppet Show character Animal
- Seven “segwalloons,” cold air balloons wrapped around Segways, a patent-pending design unique to Charlotte (see below!)
- One 5-foot-6 walking turkey, Queen Charlotte
Segwalloons at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
There will also be Segwalloons (Ground-level character balloons that cover Segways.) If you’re not a Charlotteean (or even if you are) you might be asking “What are Segwalloons?”
Segwalloons are a Charlotte original. Introduced at the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade, they are a cross between balloons and Segways. The design allows the driver to interact with the crowd in a unique way. The original two Segwalloons were an elf and a snowman. Since then they’ve taken different forms, including Colonial characters, which are also in operation on Meck Dec Day.
You will find Segwalloons only in Charlotte.
- Ashe County High School Marching Band
- Bailey Brass “Master” Band
- Bailey Concert Band of United House of Prayer
- Caroline Korean Drum and Dragon Champion Tae Kwon Do
- Drills of Hope Marching Thunder
- Independence High School Marching Band
- Mallard Creek High School Marching Band
- Myers Park High School Marching Band
- Seed and Feed Marching Abominables
- UNCC Marching Band
- United House of Prayer Charlotte District Marching Band
- West Charlotte High School Marching Band
Reserved seats for the Thanksgiving Day Parade
The parade, of course, is free to attend, but you can also purchase tickets for some prime seating.
Reserved seating is available along the parade route. Tickets are $25 to $35.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV
The parade will air on WBTV on Thanksgiving Day at 1 p.m. and again on Christmas morning.
Parking for the Thanksgiving Day Parade
To find parking in Uptown Charlotte, use this parking map from Charlotte Center City Partners. But know that some of parking lots on the map might not be available the day of the parade, and prices at some of them can vary wildly when there are major events.
Consider instead taking the light rail. Not only will you need need to worry about finding a spot to park, but the price of tickets will not go up!
These stations are all short walks from the parade route:
- 9th Street Station
- 7th Street Station
- CTC Station
- 3rd Street Station
- Stonewall Station
More holiday events in the Charlotte area
Check out our big list of holiday events around Charlotte, or look at a few of them here: