First-ever Thanksgiving Day Parade preview party

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The Thanksgiving festivities got off to an early start in Uptown Charlotte this year.

A first-ever preview party was held Wednesday evening for the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade.

As organizers worked to transport floats from the Convention Center down Tryon Street, food vendors, a DJ and the city’s many beloved mascots gathered for a party out the Levine Center for the Arts.

Organizers said this year’s parade will feature 15 floats, 11 balloons and seven segwalloons.

"Segwalloons are cold air balloons wrapped around segways, something that we created here in Charlotte,” said Adam Rhew, Director of Communications for Charlotte Center City Partners. “It's a unique design to our parade."

Parade dancer Tom Hill said this year, no doubt, will be one of kind.

"I don't want to disclose anything but it is, City Center Partners has really raised the bar,” said Hill. “These floats, the Walloons and all the other cool things they're doing. “Everything in the parade is 10 times better than it was last year."

The parade will begin at 9:30 Thursday morning at Stonewall Street and travel north to 9th street.