Margo Goodale

Margo Goodale is the Development Coordinator at Center City Partners

Charlotte’s Top Five Thanksgiving Day Parade Questions

Halloween is now over and the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade is only three weeks away. As a loyal subscriber to this newsletter, your Charlotte friends look to you for answers to their Center City questions. Armed with this essential Thanksgiving Q&A knowledge, you will cement your status as the Center City Insider with your friends and maybe even impress strangers at parties.

How can I watch the parade?

The parade steps off at 9:30 a.m., running north along Tryon Street from the Levine Avenue of the Arts to 9th Street. General admission bleacher seats are available at the Square (Trade and Tryon Streets) for $15.00 each and reserved seats in the first and second rows along the parade route between 4th and 5th Streets can be purchased for $20.00. Free seating is available everywhere else along the parade route on a first come, first served basis. For more information about seating options and tickets visit: https://guidebook.com/app/CLTParade/

If family Thanksgiving duties prevent you from watching in person, the parade will also air on WBTV from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. with some great feature stories, insights about the parade, and a behind the scenes look at how the parade happens.

Is it too late to be a parade volunteer?

No, there is still time to volunteer to be a costumed walker, balloon handler, or parade marshal. In previous years families, clubs and other groups have made volunteering in the parade a part of their Thanksgiving tradition. Volunteers can find out more about these opportunities and sign up here: http://www.novanthealththanksgivingparade.com/volunteer/

Where can I go out to eat after the parade?

There are a number of great Thanksgiving dining options in Uptown after the parade. The following four restaurants have Thanksgiving specials: The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel (The official restaurant of the parade), Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. All of these restaurants are conveniently located along the parade route, allowing parade goers to leave their reserved seats at the parade and walk over to their Thanksgiving dinner reservations. For more details on these dining specials, visit: http://www.thanksgivingclt.com/

How can I get Uptown and where should I park?

Ok, clearly if you are a Center City Update subscriber you know how to get Uptown, but did you know that Uber is offering a Thanksgiving deal? CATS will run on a normal weekday schedule for those who want the full big city parade experience. For those who want to burn some calories in advance of their Thanksgiving feast, B-Cycle is always open. Or drive and park in one of the many parking lots and decks along the parade route.

Will I have a good time?

That kind of depends on you, but the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade offers entertainment for everyone. This 70th anniversary parade will be the biggest and the best ever featuring 31 specialty units, 21 floats, 18 marching bands, 15 balloons, seven segwalloons (a feature unique to Charlotte’s parade), four special guests and one 5’6” walking, royal turkey! Remember, the fun does not have to end after the parade concludes. In addition to the dining options, the WBT Holiday on Ice will offer ice skating at the outdoor rink on the NASCAR Hall of Fame plaza and you can get your holiday shopping started at the Charlotte Christmas Village| Christkindlmarkt presented by Coca Cola Consolidated at Romare Bearden Park.

Remember to save room in your Thanksgiving weekend schedule to check out South End Small Business Saturday. In addition to all of your South End favorite shops and restaurants, South End Small Business Saturday will feature on-of-a-kind shopping at three pop-up markets with something for everyone on your holiday list.