2015 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade fast facts

The Novant HelathThanksgiving Day Parade starts Thursday at 9:30 a.m. It will take place on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, between Levine Avenue of the Arts and 9th Street. Here are some fast facts.

General Information

  • This is the 69th year of Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which started in 1947
  • Route is one mile long, from Levine Avenue of the Arts to 9th Street
  • More than 100,000 people are expected to attend
  • More than 500 community volunteers support the parade as balloon handlers, costumed characters, marshals and logistical support
  • All of the parade floats are built locally using original designs
  • The parade is produced by Charlotte Center City Partners

Parade Units

  • Grand Marshal is NASCAR legend Richard Petty, the sport’s all-time winningest driver
  • 17 high school, college and military bands
  • 11 balloons
  • 15 floats
  • 7 “segwalloons,” cold air balloons wrapped around Segways, a patent-pending design unique to Charlotte
  • A total of 2,500+ participants walking, marching or riding in the parade

Interesting Storylines

  • For the first time, we are offering a mobile app, available in the Apple and Google Play stores, which provides descriptions of the parade units, as well as logistical information and a live video stream
  • Lisa Bettendorf, a 12-year-old Novant Health patient is among the singers performing in this year’s parade. Lisa is in a blues band, Sister Love, with her sister Rachel. Lisa is scheduled for a fourth open-heart surgery after New Year’s
  • The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade will be the first parade in America to use beacon technology to provide push notifications to mobile devices as parade floats pass by. The notifications alert users to special giveaways, promotions and other information

Street Closures: Tryon Street will close between Morehead St. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The intersection of Trade and Tryon will close at 7:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The rest of the parade route, Tryon Street from 10th to MLK, will close at 8:00 a.m. All street closures are subject to change without notice.