The 76th Annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade in Charlotte!

Kick off the Holiday Season with the 76th Annual

Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade

The Parade lights up the night on Wednesday evening with the glow of

magic, shopping, food and creativity

What:         76th Annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade

When:        Wednesday, November 23, 2022

                   5:30pm Step-off and 6:00pm Live on WBTV

Where:       Uptown Charlotte – Tryon Street from 9th Street to Good Samaritan Way

CHARLOTTE – (October 10, 2022) – The Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade returns to light up the night on Tryon Street once again this year.

The Parade will step off on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 23 at 5:30pm and will air live on WBTV starting at 6:00pm.

2021’s Thanksgiving Eve Parade was a huge success, with 100,000 people lining Tryon Street to enjoy the night’s festivities. The 2022 Parade will continue this tradition and kick off the holiday season in style.

“Gathering in person for the holidays is something so many of us have anticipated for over a year,” said Jesse Cureton, Executive Vice President, and Chief Consumer Officer, Novant Health. “As we prepare to celebrate the 75th annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade I’m reminded of the rich history and traditions that the Parade brings to our community. We are proud to announce our continued partnership as title sponsor of the Parade for the next five years and look forward to kicking off a healthy holiday season!”

This year’s Grand Marshal is Olivia Reardon, representing the Olivia Strong Foundation. Olivia’s battle with pediatric cancer inspired the Reardon family to create and fund, The Olivia Strong Foundation. The Olivia Strong Foundation recently gifted $500,000 to Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital with a commitment to ending childhood cancer and ensuring kids with pediatric cancer can remain kids.

The Parade will feature local, regional, and national talent and performers as well as your favorite floats, larger-than-life balloons, marching bands, and dance units.

“This is a wonderful time to celebrate the holidays in Charlotte and we look forward to making new memories for our attendees,” said Robert Krumbine, Chief Creative Officer for Charlotte Center City Partners, and Parade Producer. “Celebrating an event for 76 years is not something to take lightly. The Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade has made Charlotte a destination for the Carolinas to come together and kick off the holiday season for years to come.”

The Parade is free and always will be. Spectators are encouraged to find their favorite viewing spot on Tryon Street between 9th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. However, if you want to experience the Parade as a true VIP, consider reserving your own curb seat, ready for you upon arrival. For just $35, your reserved seat provides an unobstructed view of the entire Parade from the first banner to Santa himself. You can purchase your VIP tickets here

If you are truly looking for an unforgettable Parade experience, consider becoming a member of the team or a Parade cast member. We are looking for volunteers to walk as costumed cast members in the Parade, handle the larger-than-life balloons, or as Parade marshals. To sign up as a volunteer, or for more information about the Parade, visit our website at 

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