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A 2016 guide to the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 24, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 9:30 am

100 S. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Tickets: $20 (Parade Seating) 

Grammy Award-winning artist Anthony Hamilton will serve as the 2016 Grand Marshal.

Anthony Hamilton's new album, What I'm Feelin', is out March 2
Grammy Award-winning artist Anthony Hamilton will serve as the 2016 Grand Marshal

Performances by: Angwish, Carter Faith Jones, Dave Koons & The Koyotes, Kristina Lachaga, Kristy Lynn, One Leg Rooster, Taylor Dean, Teresa Guidry, Tryon and Tyler Mingo.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a holiday tradition in Charlotte since 1947. Over seven decades, hundreds of thousands of participants, volunteers, sponsors, families and friends have centered their Thanksgiving traditions around this parade.

What began as a local holiday parade has grown into a magical showcase of performances, floats, dignitaries, celebrities, marching bands, balloons and surprises. Today, the parade is broadcast into 1.5 million homes from around the region, providing the gift of entertainment and joy to young and old.

The parade travels along Tryon Street through Uptown Charlotte. The 2016 lineup includes 18 marching bands from across the region, and bands from across the region and the country are encouraged to apply. High school bands are judged by qualified adjudicators and trophies are awarded to all participants, along with $10,000 in cash and prizes allocated to the top bands. In addition, a small number of honorariums are available for traveling marching bands.

2016 Marching Bands: East Burke High, Garinger High School, Harding University High School, Independence High School, North Lincoln High School, Vance High School, West Charlotte High School, West Mecklenburg High School, George Washington High School (Danville, Virginia), and more.

What time does the event officially start?

The parade begins at 9:30am on November 24, 2016.

Will the parade be on TV?

The parade will be broadcast regionally on WBTV, Channel 3 (CBS) on Thanksgiving Day at 4:00pm EST, or you can watch it live through the mobile app.

Where do I park?

Ample parking is available around Center City with differing prices. Check out a map of local parking lots and garages.

Is there designated handicapped seating?

There is no designated handicapped seating along the parade route. We recommend arriving around 7 a.m. to secure a prime spot up front on the sidewalk or along a street opening.

Where is the performance area?

The performance area will be held at the intersection of Tryon St. and Levine Avenue of the Arts.

Can I buy a ticket for front row seating?

You can purchase tickets via the mobile app or online.

What is the parade route?

The parade will march North on Tryon Street from Stonewall St. to 9th St.

For more info, check out the site or download the official mobile app

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