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Charlotte’s Thanksgiving parade celebrates 76 years

Charlotte’s Thanksgiving parade is celebrating its 76th year this season. 

Since its beginning in 1947, the parade has seen many faces and performances. 

This year, the Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade will feature several high school and community marching bands, 18 floats, dance performances and more. 

Contemporary Gospel Singer Karen Poole and Grammy-nominated R&B trio The Ton3s will also be performing. 

Included in the participants are over 1,000 volunteers who will contribute to the success of the parade by doing things like handling balloons, marching alongside floats or dressing up in costumes. 

Photo: Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade official website

QCity Metro spoke with some of this year’s participants to capture their experiences and find out what they look forward to for the 2022 parade. Here is what they told us. 

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