The annual celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, and one of the longest-running events in the City of Charlotte, will move to TV in 2020. The decision to cancel the in-person parade comes after discussion with health authorities, public officials, and other industry experts. The uncertainty of COVID-19 conditions and public safety protocols in effect at the time of the parade drove the decision.
The parade will air on WBTV on Thanksgiving Day. The broadcast will feature "best of" segments from years past including floats, marching bands, balloons, and other performances. Local and regional performers are a staple of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade and they will continue to be featured during the TV special. Additional segments might include, but are not limited to, virtual all-star performances, parade history and fun facts, community giving back, highlighting front-line heroes, and even healthy cooking features.
A spectacle of sight and sound, the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is a Charlotte tradition with six decades of history behind it, growing to its impressive reputation as the fourth largest of its kind in the country and the biggest in the Southeast. In 2019, the event drew 110,000 live spectators and 2 million household viewers via broadcast. People were watching online all over the world from Washington to Mexico to Sweden!
Don't miss this year's event on November 26.
There's no spectacle to compare with the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade in Charlotte, NC!