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.
• 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
Email: Margo Goodale
, Charlotte Center City Partners
200 S. Tryon Street, Suite 1600, Charlotte, NC 28202
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.