Smarties, we’re super excited to announce that the Smarty Party will be in the Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade on Thanksgiving Day! The Smarty Party will be joined by her sister vehicle, The Macaroni Mobile, both sponsored by our friends at Bob Mayberry Hyundai in Monroe.
The Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade, a tradition since 1947, is one of the largest get-togethers of Carolinians that takes place during the year. The parade boasts participation from both Carolinas and touches approximately half a million people from the 22-county metro area. In 2008, TravelMuse.com recognized it as the fourth largest Thanksgiving Parade in the United States.
In 2012, the parade celebrates its 65th Anniversary – we’re thrilled the Smarty Party will be a part of the big celebration!
The parade is presented by the Carolinas’ Carrousel, Inc., a non-profit organization that recognizes many talented young people for their achievements and talents through the Carrousel Scholarship Program and the Band Scholarship Program.
When? Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, at 10 AM, rain or shine! The parade will be telecast regionally on WBTV, Channel 3 (CBS) at 4:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
Parade route: Begins at Tryon at 10th and marches straight down Tryon to end at Stonewall Street. It usually lasts about 2 1/2 hours.
Coming Uptown to the Parade? Thousands of people come uptown to share in the excitement of the Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade first-hand.
We suggest that you ride CATS buses or the LYNX Blue Line to the Parade. Buses arrive uptown one block from the Parade route and the LYNX Blue line has a station at 3rd Street providing access to the main route of the Parade. To learn more about routes, times and costs visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE(7433).
For information on parking in uptown Charlotte, visit the Charlotte Center City Partners website: www.findyourcenter.com
You can find the parade on facebook too!