CHARLOTTE, NC (News Release) — The 75th-anniversary Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade will step off on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. The floats, units and bands will be illuminated to celebrate the 75th Anniversary in style. 2020’s Parade was a 100% made-for-TV event, to preserve this remarkable tradition and to keep our community safe in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown. This year, the Parade will observe this milestone anniversary in person, with lights, music, and ingenuity, on Thanksgiving Eve.
“Gathering in person for the holidays is something so many of us have anticipated for over a year,” said Jesse Cureton, executive vice president and chief consumer officer, Novant Health. “As we prepare to celebrate the 75th annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade I’m reminded of the rich history and traditions that the parade brings to our community. We are proud to announce our continued partnership as title sponsor of the parade for the next five years and look forward to kicking off a healthy holiday season!”
This year’s Grand Marshal is Dr. David Priest, Novant Health’s senior vice president and chief safety, quality and epidemiology officer, representing all front-line workers who worked such long hours and put themselves in harm’s way to keep our community safe throughout this pandemic.
“I’m honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal for the 75th annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade, an event that is built upon our communities gathering together,” Priest said. “As we celebrate this historic milestone in person – we are reminded of the strides we have taken to get here and the sacrifices that our frontline workers have taken over the past year and a half to provide care for us and our families. I am proud and humbled to represent them as we continue one of Charlotte’s greatest holiday traditions.”
This year’s return to an in-person Parade will feature local, regional, and national talent and performers as well as your favorite units, inflatables, segwalloons and marching bands.
“This is a great time to celebrate the holidays in Charlotte and we look forward to making new memories for our attendees,” said Robert Krumbine, Chief Creative Officer for Charlotte Center City Partners and Parade Producer. “The 75th anniversary of any event is a true milestone and changing the day and time will certainly make a major impact on this spectacular Parade.”
In addition to a new day and time, this year’s 75th Anniversary Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade will be spectacular with:
- 10 High School Marching Bands
- 4 Community Marching Bands
- 28 Specialty Units
- 13 Floats
- 7 Special Performers
- 8 Giant Balloons
To sign up as a volunteer, or for more information about the parade, check for updates at www.novanthealththanksgivingparade.com. Additional health and safety protocols will be required for all volunteers.