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Charlotte Thanksgiving Day parade getting new look

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Organizers of Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day parade say while it won’t be on the same scale, this year’s event will bear some resemblance to the Macy’s parade in New York.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1hgXVL9) Charlotte Center City Partners says it’s altering the format of this year’s parade, adding live entertainment in front of the main review stand.

The group has taken over the role of organizing the city’s 67-year-old parade,

“We’re talking about dance teams and individual singers and performers,” says Robert Krumbine, senior vice president of events with Charlotte Center City Partners. “The reigning Miss North Carolina will perform. And we have a few surprise announcements coming. This will be a very different event.”

But organizers also stress that favorites from the past, including more than a dozen high school marching bands, will remain a part of the Charlotte parade.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., a half-hour earlier than in the past.

Novant Health is sponsoring the parade, replacing Belk, which announced late last year that it was pulling out to focus on its commitments to breast cancer and other educational initiatives.

Organizers had canceled the parade because of a lack of financial backing before Novant Health stepped in to take over as primary sponsor for the next three years.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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