Life in Charlotte is never boring, and in the fall the city comes alive with festivals, events and more. As Thanksgiving is less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking about your plans for this holiday. One Charlotte area tradition that you may want to attend this year is the annual Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade. With floats to rival the Macy’s Parade, but slightly smaller crowds, this can quickly become a tradition for you and those you celebrate the holiday with.
The Parade’s History
The Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1947 as a small local parade. Since that time it has grown tremendously, and today hundreds of thousands of people work hard to put together the parade and help families in and around Charlotte make their own Thanksgiving memories. The parade draws musical legends, dignitaries, celebrities and, of course, local marching bands to walk alongside the beautiful floats and giant balloons.
In 2012, the parade had grown to the point that it gained national attention. U.S. News and World Report named it one of America’s Best Thanksgiving Day Parades. The 2013 parade was the 67th installment, and it attracted around 100,000 attendees, with an additional 180,000 television viewers. Over 2,500 people and 120 organizations worked together to make the parade a success. The 2014 parade will be even bigger and better than last year’s parade.
Highlights of the 2014 Parade
If you plan to attend the 2014 parade, you are in for a treat. This year, the winners of the Charlotte Music Awards program will perform as part of the parade. These are some of the finest performers in the state, and they will join other local talent as part of the 2014 parade lineup.
The 2014 parade will start in Uptown Charlotte on Tryon Street. Step-off occurs at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. The parade starts at Stonewall Street and travels along Tryon Street to 9th Street, with viewing areas all along the parade route. The performance area for the singers and other talent will be at the intersection of Tryon Street and Levine Avenue of the Arts. Grandstand seating is available for those who carry tickets, and parking is available at various garages and parking lots around Uptown Charlotte.
As a resident of Catalyst, you are in the heart of Uptown, and you can enjoy the parade easily. Make plans now to get your tickets so you can enjoy this annual Charlotte tradition. Then come home to your Catalyst apartment for a tasty Thanksgiving meal created in your own gourmet kitchen.