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 local health and public officials as well as industry experts.
Organizers said the uncertainty of COVID-19 conditions and restrictions at the time of the parade drove their final decision.
“Today marks 100 days from the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade,” 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!”
Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer Officer for Novant Health Jesse Cureton said this year’s televised parade will showcase favorites from previous parades.
It will feature “best of” segments from years past including floats, marching bands and balloons. It will also include local and regional performances, the community giving back, highlighting front-line heroes and cooking features.
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