If you’re spending your time around town during Thanksgiving this year, then you should plan on going to the Thanksgiving Day Parade that runs down Tryon Street in the morning on Turkey Day.

Here’s something you may not know:

You [or the people crowding up your house] can be costumed walkers or ride on the floats in the parade.

It’s difficult to think of a more fun family activity, other than watching the parade itself, than gathering up the kids and your family and sending them down with the non-cooking family members to walk in the parade.

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Sign up as Parade Volunteers. That’s all you have to do to get them out of your house so you can prepare the family meal in peace. Clown costumes are provided by the parade organization, any child between the ages of 10 to 15 can walk with a parent or adult. Teens 16+ can wear a costume & walk on their own or volunteer for other parade tasks. Pets are unfortunately not allowed to walk in the parade.

Did we mention that you may be seen on TV? And that this is a FREE volunteer activity?

This activity is for the whole family: The grandparents, the crazy/loud aunts and uncles, the hyperactive cousins, and anyone else that’s piling into your house for Thanksgiving.

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It takes 1,000 dedicated volunteers to produce the Thanksgiving Day parade. From audience engagement to behind-the-scenes, volunteer opportunities include:

  • Balloon Handlers
  • Banner Carriers
  • Community Relations
  • Costume Walkers
  • Host
  • Media Operations
  • Marching Bands
  • Marshals
  • Reserved Seating Host
  • Set-up & Disband
  • Staging

In addition to being in the parade, why else should you volunteer?

  • Special access to the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Branded jacket
  • Commemorative pin

All you need to do is sign them up. Just FOLLOW THE LINK and select your activity from the list available. You can see how many spots are left in real time for each activity.

The parade itself is a super fun way to spend Thanksgiving morning – check out the video below.  But being IN a Thanksgiving Day parade? Now that’s a memory that will last long after the turkey & stuffing are gone.





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