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Old 11-07-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: PSL FL
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Has anyone ever been to this? We live in Hickory (45 mins from CLT) and are thinking of making the drive down....if.....its is any better than the ones in our area. I am just used to bigger parades with actual floats and lots or real old fashioned Christmas music. Also is it a free event or is there an admission?

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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Carolinas Carrousel Parade link:
Carolinas' Carrousel Parade
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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This one of those topics where I probably bristle the native's with their least favorite topic... "that's not how we did it up North".

I grew up on the Jersey Shore, so I spent many a holiday with my family and other relatives watching the New York City and Philadelphia parades. There is nothing like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade! Or a Mummers Parade in Philly. (I do give mad props to those folks that put on the Rose Parade in Pasadena every year too.)

Anyway, the local parades just aren't my cup of tea after going to the big parades back in the day. But, from what I've seen on the local news, the holiday parades in this area are pretty good for what they are. Enjoy!
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Of course nothing compares to the Macy's parade. LOL!

Believe it or not the Christmas parade in Belmont is pretty nice. Besides the usual parade participants. There are usually appearances by local tv anchors, area mascots (Sir Purr, Homer ) and almost all of the major radio stations.

I don't think it's worth a long drive but if would be interesting for someone is in the area.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Crown Town
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Last year the Charlotte parade actually took a step in making it a much nicer production. I forget the details, but they hired some entertainment company to "jazz it up" a bit more than years past. So you saw nicer floats, more choreographed productions and "snazzier" props than in years past. No, its not like Macy's in NY, but I I wouldn't discourage you from coming down to see it. You might be pleasantly surprised, and it would give you a chance to do other things in the city while here.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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Believe it or not the Christmas parade in Belmont is pretty nice.
(GASP!!) You typed the "C" word!!! Don't you know that probably offended someone???!!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:55 PM
 
Location: PSL FL
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This one of those topics where I probably bristle the native's with their least favorite topic... "that's not how we did it up North".
I am not used to any huge parades, I lived in FL most of my life but the two holiday parades we went to near us last year in Hickory and Valdese didn't have many floats or entertainment and were kind of short in my opinion. Just loud dragracers and emergency vehicles and candy thrown at our heads. I like candy but dont want to fight with a 10 year old to get it.

I may have to check out the charlotte one, thanks for the link
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:42 PM
 
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The Charlotte parade is the best in our area. Growing up it was really a treat on Thanksgiving Day to head to Tryon St for the Carrousel Parade. I am sure it doesn't compare with NY, NJ and I have been to the Rose Parade in Pasadena. But the Charlotte parade is ours and we love it!

My sister was Miss Belk 1955 ... she had the sitting on the back of the convertible, the 'wave' and the smile down to a tee!
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Old 11-27-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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YouTube - Charlotte Thanksgiving Parade 2008
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:09 PM
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The Charlotte parade is the best in our area. Growing up it was really a treat on Thanksgiving Day to head to Tryon St for the Carrousel Parade.
Maybe now, but the Salisbury-Spencer parade used to be top dog. Never sure why. Started in Spencer, marched through that small town, then loaded up and marched through Salisbury.

Bands, Floats, purty gurls, horses, politicians... it had it all. Have not been back to that area in years, so I do not even know if they still have one, but back in the day......Oh Yeah!!!!!!!


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