In making decisions about participants, the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade considers whether prospective units :

  • Represent the best the region has to offer, such as health, sports, entertainment, the arts, and innovation
  • Promote tourism and enhance the marketing efforts of Charlotte’s Center City
  • Exemplify the region's wide cultural diversity
  • Present an attractive, cohesive, coordinated group appearance
  • Add to the Parade's overall entertainment value

No commercial entities are allowed to participate in the parade without a sponsorship. Please contact us for more information.

CCCP does not recognize pageant winners as an acceptable parade entry.

CCCP reserves the right to refuse entries that may be disruptive, overly loud or unruly or lack a theme, cause, or family-friendly message.


The parade organizers are seeking up to 16 marching bands to participate in the 2018 parade. This category is inclusive of woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments and may also include auxiliary units of flags, dancers, majorettes, rifles, letter girls and pompom girls. The selection committee will extend invitations to the top 16 bands to participate in the 2018 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. Please see the application for more information regarding the WBTV Battle of the Bands Rules and Regulations.


This category includes any units that are motorized or comprised of walkers and offers an excellent opportunity to let your creativity show. Units included in this category may include, but are not limited to:

  • “Specialty vehicles,” such as antique cars, fire engines, carriages, race cars, etc.
  • Car and motorcycle clubs
  • Community organizations or neighborhood groups
  • Talent able to perform while walking (jugglers, stilt walkers, etc.)
  • Dogs and other tame animals accompanied by human handlers. Handlers are required to clean up any animal waste that occurs during staging, route and disband areas.
  • No saddled horses are allowed in the parade.

Have you always wanted to walk in the parade but you don't fit into any of the above categories? Contact us for more info!


Charlotte Center City Partners is excited to announce the revival of the Marching Band Scholarship Program. Marching bands have been an integral part of the Thanksgiving Day 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 (3) grant scholarships and the Queen Charlotte Music Scholarship.

Conditions of eligibility:

  • The applicant must be a senior in a high school marching band that is participating in the current year’s Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • The applicant must demonstrate superior scholastic attainment with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • The applicant must demonstrate moral force of character, leadership ability, and an interest in his/her fellow students and the community
  • The applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from their band director and one other school official or community leader
  • Students applying for the Queen Charlotte Music Scholarship must meet all the above requirements and show proof that they plan to continue music in college through marching band or ensemble concert classes.