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76th Annual

Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade

Charlotte, North Carolina

Wednesday, November 23, 2022
6:00 PM

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Web: NovantHealth Thanksgiving Parade.com

Email: Monica Ponce, 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 Parade, please request an application from Monica Ponce at the contact info above.
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Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade Charlotte logo The largest Thanksgiving parade in the Southeast lights up Charlotte with a magical showcase of larger-than-life floats and balloons, nationally known recording artists, marching bands, dance teams and plenty of surprises. The 2022 parade will be held Wednesday, November 23, the night before Thanksgiving.

The Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade began as a small local holiday parade in Charlotte in 1947. Hundreds of thousands of participants, volunteers, sponsors, families and friends have centered their Thanksgiving traditions around this annual event. With Novant Health as title sponsor since 2013, the parade continues to increase in size and spectacle each year, delighting more than 110,000 people along Tryon Street and reaching more than 1.5 million homes through the annual TV broadcast.

The parade travels along Tryon Street through Uptown Charlotte. The lineup includes space for 16 marching bands, and bands from across the region and the country are encouraged to apply. High school bands are automatically entered into the WBTV Battle of the Bands competition where their performance is posted online and voted on by spectators and fans.

Charlotte Center City Partners has proudly revived the Marching Band Scholarship Program. Marching bands have been an integral part of the Thanksgiving Parade since it first began in 1947 and after a brief hiatus, the scholarship program has returned to encourage students to continue their musical practices beyond high school. The program includes three $1,000 grant scholarships and the $2,500 Queen Charlotte Music Scholarship.

The parade will be streamed live on WBTV's Facebook page and on the parade app on Wednesday evening. The broadcast will also air on WBTV television on Thanksgiving Day.

2021 Participating Bands

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• Ashe County High School Husky Vanguard Marching Band, West Jefferson, NC
• Bailey "Master" Brass Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• Butler High School Marching Bulldogs, Matthews, NC
• Drills of Hope Marching Thunder, Charlotte, NC
• East Burke High School Marching Band, Connelly Springs, NC
• Greenville Community Combined Youth Organization Marching Corps, Charlotte, NC
• Grier Heights Community Steppers, Charlotte, NC
• Hopewell High School Marching Band, Huntersville, NC
• Independence High School The Patriot Marching Band, Charlotte, NC
• The Pride of Morehead Marching Band, Eden, NC
• Rocky River High School Rhythm of the Rock Marching Band, Mint Hill, NC
• Seed and Feed Marching Abominable, Atlanta, GA
• The South Park Marching Band (Myers Park and South Mecklenburg High Schools Combined Band), Charlotte, NC
• West Charlotte High School Marching Lions, Charlotte, NC

Future Dates

Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Wednesday, November 27, 2024
(Always held the night before Thanksgiving)

For More Information

Web: NovantHealthThanksgivingParade.com

Email: Monica Ponce, 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 Parade, please request an application from Monica Ponce at the contact info above.