Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

August 27, 2013 2:35 pm

Novant Health, Charlotte Center City Partners and Carolinas Carrousel, Inc. are proud to announce the 2013 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. Novant Health has signed on as the parade’s title sponsor for the next three years, guaranteeing this tradition in Charlotte will continue.

“Just as the Thanksgiving Day parade is a Charlotte tradition, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center has been improving the health of Charlotte for over 100 years,” said Jesse Cureton, Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer Officer for Novant Health. “Novant Health is committed to the health of this community and part of a healthy community is ensuring community traditions continue for future generations.”

For a time, it appeared the parade and scholarship program, operated by Carolinas Carrousel, Inc. would cease to exist. However, through the generous support of our new Title sponsor Novant Health, our new Presenting sponsor Titan and other existing sponsors, both the parade and scholarship program will go on.

“The Carrousel Board is very happy the Thanksgiving Day Parade will be continuing in 2013 and beyond,” said Jeff Collins, President of the Board of Carolinas Carrousel, Inc. “We are looking forward to working alongside Center City Partners to keep the spirit of parade and scholarship alive in Charlotte. We would also like to thank our new sponsors and existing sponsors for their support of the parade.”

“The Carrousel Thanksgiving parade and scholarship program are treasured Charlotte traditions and I’m thrilled they will continue,” said Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey. “Thanks to all the members of our community who came together to make it possible.”

The parade will now be produced by Charlotte Center City Partners. CCCP’s Chief Creative Officer, Robert Krumbine will be Executive Producer.

“We are proud to join the team that is rescuing this beloved community event, said Michael Smith, President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “We look forward to bringing the creativity and expertise of our team to build on this rich Charlotte tradition.”

US News & World Report included Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Parade on its list of America’s Best Thanksgiving Day Parades. We are all committed to ensuring that the 66th year of the parade will build on this legacy with innovation and surprises.

There are many ways for those who are interested in participating in this year’s parade to get more information. There is a meeting for anyone interested in participating or volunteering on Wednesday, September 18, location to be determined, at 2:30pm. Potential participants, volunteers or sponsors can also contact Robert Krumbine at or (704) 332-2227.

The Carrousel Scholarship program will continue this year as it has in past years. Carrousel representatives will be contacting schools directly with details.

About Novant Health
Novant Health is a four-state integrated network of physician practices, outpatient centers and hospitals that deliver a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,100 physicians and 24,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at more than 450 locations including 14 medical centers, three hospitals, and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for our patients and our communities serving over four million patients annually. In 2012, Novant Health provided more than $545 million in community benefit including charity care and services. Novant Health is one of the top 25 integrated health systems in the United States and was named a top 50 Best Places for Diverse & Women Managers to Work by Diversity MBA Magazine. For more information, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Charlotte Center City Partners
Charlotte Center City Partners envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s Center City. The organization envisions a Center City in Charlotte that is viable, livable, memorable, and sustainable, with modern infrastructure, a tapestry of unique neighborhoods, and a diversity of thriving businesses. For more information, please visit

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