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Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual celebration of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the longest-running events in the City of Charlotte, will move to TV in 2020. The decision to cancel the in-person parade comes after discussion with health authorities, public officials and other industry experts. The uncertainty of COVID-19 conditions and public safety protocols in effect at the time of the parade drove the decision. 

The parade will air on WBTV on Thanksgiving Day. The broadcast will feature "best of" segments from years past including float, marching bands, balloons and other performances. Local and regional performers are a staple of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade and they will continue to be featured during the TV special. Additional segments might include, but are not limited to, virtual all-star performances, parade history and fun facts, community giving back, highlights of front-line heros and even healthy cooking features.