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71st Annual

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Charlotte, North Carolina

Thursday, November 23, 2017
9:30 AM

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Web: NovantHealth ThanksgivingParade.com

Email: Margo Goodale, Charlotte Center City Partners

Mail: 200 S. Tryon Street, Suite 1600, Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704-332-2227

If you're interested in entering your band in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade, please request an application from Margo Goodale at the contact info above.
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Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Charlotte logo The Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a holiday tradition in Charlotte since 1947. Over nearly seven decades, hundreds of thousands of participants, volunteers, sponsors, families and friends have centered their Thanksgiving traditions around this parade.

What began as a local holiday parade has grown into a magical showcase of performances, floats, dignitaries, celebrities, marching bands, balloons and surprises. Today, the parade is broadcast into 1.5 million homes from around the region, providing the gift of entertainment and joy to young and old.

In 2013, it appeared the parade and scholarship program would cease to exist. However, through the generous support of new title sponsor Novant Health, the parade was given new life and rebranded as the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade. The 67th parade attracted its biggest audience yet: more than 100,000 attendees on-site and more than 180,000 television viewers. New performances and floats were added to existing parade favorites for an unforgettable Thanksgiving event.

The parade travels along Tryon Street through Uptown Charlotte. The 2017 lineup includes space for 16 marching bands, and bands from across the region and the country are encouraged to apply. High school bands are judged by qualified adjudicators and trophies are awarded to all participants, along with $10,000 in cash and prizes allocated to the top bands. In addition, a small number of honorariums are available for traveling marching bands.

2016 Participating Bands

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade photos
• Drills of Hope, Charlotte, NC
• East Burke High School Cavalier Marching Band, Connelly Springs, NC
• Garinger High School Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• George Washington High School Marching Band, Danville, VA
• Greenville CYO Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• Independence High School Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• Lenoir Rhyne University Marching Band, Hickory, NC
• North Lincoln High School Band of Knights, Lincolnton, NC
• Queen City Juvenile Pipes and Drums, Charlotte, NC
• River Oaks Academy Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• The Bailey Brass Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• The Bailey Marching Concert Band, Charlotte, NC
• The Charlotte District Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• UNC Charlotte Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• Vance High School Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• West Mecklenburg High School Marching Band, Charlotte, NC

2016 Band Competition Results

Top three bands from last year's competition.

1st Place: George Washington High School, Danville, VA
2nd Place: North Lincoln High School, Lincolnton, NC
3rd Place: East Burke High School, Connelly Springs, NC

2016 Parade Highlights

• Grand Marshal Anthony Hamilton
• Performance by The Voice contestant Teresa Guidry
• Performance by pop duo Tryon, whose song "Somebody To Love Me" has been featured on the National Top 40 charts
• Miss NC 2016 McKenzie Faggart and Miss SC 2016 Rachel Wyatt
• Tribute to our military service members and their families
• Special appearance by Lenoir Rhyne University Marching Band and UNC Charlotte Marching Band
• Featuring over 120 units, 14 floats, 7 segwalloons and the debut of a 20-foot tall elf marionette
• More than 1,500 marching band participants

Future Dates

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, November 24, 2019
(Always held on Thanksgiving morning)

For More Information

Web: NovantHealthThanksgivingParade.com

Email: Margo Goodale, Charlotte Center City Partners
Mail: 200 S. Tryon Street, Suite 1600, Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-332-2227

If you're interested in entering your band in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade, please request an application from Margo Goodale at the contact info above.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Video



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