Guide To The Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade

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It’s the week of Thanksgiving and what better way to usher in the holiday season than with the annual Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade! Each year, the parade brings together area businesses, corporations, students, drill teams, clowns and others who showcase the holiday spirit they have! Take time to come to know the parade and make sure you are apart of this year’s festivities Thursday!

The Mission

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The Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade has evolved over more than sixty years, as a regional tradition and highlight of the Holiday Season. It was founded in 1947 by four local businessmen to attract holiday shoppers to downtown Charlotte. The Parade and its ancillary events are produced by an independent, volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization,the Carolinas’ Carrousel, Inc.

Each year, the parade grows in size, excitement level and more! It draws over 100,000 people as spectators each year and includes performances, area marching bands, floats sponsored by local organizations and corporations, step and drill teams, entertainers and other specialty units!


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The Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade, which is also known as the Thanksgiving Day Parade, consists of approximately 100 units divided into four categories: Floats, Marching Bands, Step/Drill Teams and Special Units. All parade entries are by invitation of the parade committee. With the exception of high school Marching Bands, there is a fee to participate. Committee members and organizers strive to showcase fun, festive and family-oriented entertainment. Each year, the performances and units participating in the parade always give smiles, laughs and merriment to the public!

Carrousel Queens Scholarship Program

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In 1967, Carolinas’ Carrousel, Inc. instituted its Carrousel Queens Scholarship Program to recognize outstanding students in the region. Area high schools in the NC region were invited to select a senior girl to represent the school and compete for the college scholarships offered by the Carolinas’ Carrousel.

Today, the program is known as the Carrousel Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded to the top Carrousel Scholar and four Runners-Up. The program also selects Miss Congeniality and grants the Bill and Mary Ann York Community Service Award. For more information about this program, contact:

Carolinas’ Carrousel, Inc.
P.O. Box 34644
Charlotte, NC 28234-4644

Phone: 704-525-0250
Fax: 704-525-0230


volunteer Guide To The Belk Carolinas Carrousel Parade

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When it comes to the Carrousel Parade, volunteers are the heart and soul of the operation! As a volunteer, you can be apart of many exciting teams, executing operations and making sure things go smoothly! How about being apart of the: Administrative team, Sales team, special Event & Hospitality teams, Chaperones or simply Parade Day volunteers team!? Each group has a great time and helps with the operations and processes of the parade!

Street Closings on Thanksgiving Day

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The Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade steps off from 10th & North Tryon at 10 A.M. It marches down Tryon and ends at the Levine Center for the Arts at South Tryon and Stonewall. The parade lasts approximately 2 hours.

6 A.M.

S. Tryon St. closes BETWEEN MLK & Stonewall St.

1st ST closes between Church & Tryon.

MLK & Stonewall remain open.

8 A.M.

N. Tryon St closes BETWEEN Church St Connector & 9th St.

11th St. between Church & College closes.

10th St. between Church & Tryon closes.

Phifer Ave between College & Tryon closes

9th St. remains open.

9 A.M.

Tryon St. from 9th St. to Morehead closes. (Morehead remains Open)

All side streets between these two points close between Church & College St.

Let The Parade Hear From You!

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By Phone: 704-525-0250

By Fax: 704-525-0230

By email:

By Mail:
Carolinas’ Carrousel, Inc.
P. O. Box 34644
Charlotte, NC 28234-4644

Carolinas’ Carrousel, Inc.
601 E. 5th Street, Suite 240
Charlotte, NC 28202

Telephone: 704-525-0250

Visit the Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade website today and begin your holiday fun!

Cicely C. Mitchell

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