Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 : Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off 9 a.m. Thursday in uptown. The 71st annual parade will feature giant balloons, 13 marching bands and 17 floats – including one to celebrate Charlotte’s 250th anniversary as a city.
Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 Live
Adam Rhew: The parade started as an attempt by the merchants association in Center City to bring people uptown to shop and to spend money. In some ways, that mission is much the same.
Rumsey: And Adam I know over the years the Thanksgiving parade in Charlotte has had some ups and downs in terms of the level of support and the ability to stage an event of this magnitude. Several years ago it almost didn’t get off the ground one year is that right?
Then Center City Partners came in to do some of the logistics work, the production work to make sure that the parade happened. We didn’t want this tradition to be lost and that was really important to all of us involved to be able to save the parade and to be able to keep this tradition going for another generation.
Adam Rhew: The parade started as an attempt by the merchants association in Center City to bring people uptown to shop and to spend money. In some ways, that mission is much the same. We believe that this parade is a great way to animate and activate our Center City and introduce people who may not be familiar with uptown to everything that uptown has to offer.
Rhew: I think certainly it’s the excitement of the marching bands and the floats and the big balloons and all of that, for families with children it’s a great way to really kick start the holiday season. But I think for lots of families what we hear is that there’s a tradition. People have been going to this parade for years. They remember going