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Celebrate the Season: Your Guide to the Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to kick it off than by attending the 77th Annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade? This beloved tradition lights up Tryon Street the night before Thanksgiving, creating a magical atmosphere for families and friends to come together and celebrate. To make the most of your parade experience, here are some pro tips:

Where and When:

  • The parade is set to step off on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 22, at 5:45 pm. The excitement begins just as the sun starts to set, creating the perfect backdrop for the festivities.
  • The Parade route starts down Tryon St at the 9th Street intersection and ends at the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd intersection.
  • Can't make it in person? No worries! The parade will be broadcast live on WCCB starting at 6:00 pm, so you can still enjoy the magic of the parade while getting ready for the holiday.

Spectator Tips:

  • The parade is FREE for all! You're encouraged to stake out your ideal viewing spot along Tryon Street, between 9th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd before 5:00pm. The parade draws a huge crowd!
  • Folding chairs and blankets are encouraged for seating to keep you comfortable during the parade.
  • Bundle up! Once the sunsets, the temperature drops and it might be chilly. Hats, gloves, and additional blankets are recommended for a cozy parade experience.
  • There will be vendors selling hot dogs, hot beverages, illuminated gadgets and more along Tryon St. 
  • You can reserve a pre-set up curb seat for just $25. This special reserved seat offers a "courtside" view of the entire parade on Tryon St., from the very first banner to Santa himself. Purchase your VIP tickets here and secure your spot in advance for the festivities.
  • To make the most out of your Thanksgiving Eve Parade experience, make a day out of it! For suggestions on what to do before or after the parade, click here.
  • For frequently asked parade questions, click here.

Getting here:

  • For a map of Uptown parking decks, click here.
  • Perhaps the most carefree (and car-free) way to get around is via CATS buses or light rail.
  • Bike- or scooter-shares are available to transport you into and throughout Uptown as well. Charlotte Joy Rides is Charlotte’s urban bike-sharing program.

Expect a Memorable Evening:

  • Last year's parade brought 100,000 people to Tryon Street's parade route. This year, the tradition continues, promising an evening filled with holiday spirit, more floats, lights and all of your favorites!
  • The Parade should end around 8:00pm which gives you plenty of time to make a dinner reservation, check out a museum or head over to Truist Field's Light the Knights to continue the magic of the night. For more click here.

What to Look Forward To:

  • The parade is not just a procession of floats; it's a showcase of talent and creativity. You can expect to see a mix of local, regional, and national performers. From talented musicians to larger-than-life balloons, marching bands, and spirited dance units, there's something for everyone.
  • It's an opportunity to create new holiday memories in Charlotte, whether you're a local or just visiting. The Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade is a heartwarming and entertaining experience that embodies the spirit of the season.

As the Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade approaches, get ready to toast the season and share in the joy with your fellow Charlotteans. So mark your calendar, bundle up, and we can't wait to see you at the festivities on Tryon Street!