Charlotte’s annual Thanksgiving parade moves to TV-only due to pandemic

Charlotte’s annual Thanksgiving parade moves to TV-only due to pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte’s annual Thanksgiving parade will move to TV-only this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision to cancel the in-person parade came after discussions with health and public officials this summer, as well as industry experts.

Jingle all the way to the Thanksgiving Day Parade! This upcoming Thursday tune in at 4pm to your TVs for the parade...

Posted by Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade on Friday, November 20, 2020
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The one-hour special will feature “best of” segments from years past, including musical performances from local and national artists such as Anthony Hamilton, dance numbers, a retro segment on marching bands through the years, past feel-good stories featuring community heroes and a special segment straight from the North Pole.

Robert Krumbine, chief creative officer at Charlotte Center City Partners, said, “While we’re saddened that the parade won’t be live in Uptown this year, we know that moving the event to a TV special is what’s best for the community. We can all celebrate this long-standing tradition with family and friends in the comfort of our homes and we will welcome in the holiday season to Charlotte in the safest way possible.

“The best part about the parade has always been its ability to bring the community together, whether in person or virtually. Just know that the 75th anniversary event next year — the diamond anniversary — will be spectacular,” he added.

The show will be streamed on the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Facebook page and website starting at 5 p.m.

It will also be broadcast on TV. Check your local TV listings for more information.

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