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What To Know About Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Eve Parade

Some have this momentous occasion marked as a family tradition. Afterall, the Thanksgiving Eve Parade has been around for the past 77 years in Charlotte. This year's parade promises to light up the night! Sponsored by Novant Health, the Thanksgiving Eve Parade takes place Wednesday, November 22, on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte. The parade begins at 5:45 p.m. on Tryon Street and will air live at 6:00 p.m. on WCCB. It will happen rain or shine. According to it's website, Charlotte's Thanksgiving Eve Parade is the fourth largest of its kind in the country and the biggest in the Southeast. Last year, some 100,000 people from around the region came to see the magic and 1 million viewers tuned in to see the live broadcast. It's just the event to kick off the holiday season with lights, music and of course no parade would be complete without the floats. Here's a quick guide to enjoy the parade experience. What To Know Parade Route: The parade will start 5:45pm at 9th Street at Tryon and end at Good Samaritan Way. Parking: There is sufficient parking in uptown and prices vary at different lots. Spectators are encouraged to come early to park and find a spot on the curb before 5:30pm. Tickets: You do NOT need a ticket to watch the parade. Bring your own chair and secure your spot. VIP seating is offered for purchase.  Unfortunately, tickets for VIP Seating are sold out. VIP Seating is reserved seat along the parade route located between East Brooklyn Village Ave and M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. Seating: You can bring your own chair to secure your spot. Food & Drink: Vendors along Tryon Street will offer food and hot/cold beverages available for purchase. Volunteer: The deadline to  participate in the parade was November 14. If you are not able to get to the parade, you can watch it LIVE on local channel WCCB, 6-8pm.

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