Never, in the last 65 years, has Tryon Street not been lined with floats, bands and thousands of people on Thanksgiving.
This November, the Carrousel parade is canceled because organizers simply could not find enough corporate sponsors to foot the bill. In Charlotte, that is a humbling turn of events.
In Charlotte, where history often takes a back seat to progress, the Carrousel Parade on Thanksgiving has been a fixture.
"We grew up going to the Carrousel Parade, and now that it is not going to be there this year -- very disappointing," said one resident.
After a run of 65 years down Tryon Street, the Carrousel's leadership is pulling the plug on this year's parade.
Carrousel President Jeff Collins said he simply couldn't find any business or group to fill the $75,000 hole left after Belk ended its longtime role as lead sponsor.
"I think our folks have done a good job trying to get in front of everybody that we could get in front of, the marketing folks, people like that," said Collins.
That is surprising to some, who wonder if Charlotte is losing its edge.
"That says, 'This is not a really good place to do business,' if you can't keep your parade or functions going on," said Charlotte resident Denise Flowe.
Charlotte historian Dan Morrill believes it is more of a reflection of a changing of the guard among corporate leaders that no longer control the city's agenda as they once did.
"You do not have those four or five people any more to call up and say, 'This is important for the city and this is going to happen,'" said Morrill.
The other reality is that the carrousel has more completion for corporate sponsorships now that UNCC has a football team, the Knights are moving uptown, and Belk now sponsors the Belk Bowl football game uptown.
Yet, even as Charlotte changes, Collins is not giving up on the Carrousel parade.
"My guess is it will be missed, so we were going to do our best to bring it back in 2014," said Collins.
Collins said the Carrousel board will be meeting this week to plan out a strategy to get funding for next year.
He said even if money magically appeared right now, there is not enough time to put a quality parade together by November.