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2017 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Volunteer Registration

November 23, 2017

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The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

is a success due in large part to the efforts of our volunteers!

Please take a moment to read all information below in its entirety to ensure that your volunteer experience will be a positive one.

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Once you register, please be sure to complete the entire process until you see a confirmation page. A confirmation email will be sent once your completed your registration. If you do not receive this email, contact us immediately at volunteers@novanthealththanksgivingparade.com 


  • Cast Members must be 16 years of age or older
  • We welcome children ages 10 – 15 as cast members if accompanied by an adult.
    **The parade is a great opportunity to volunteer with your child, therefore please be aware that Costumed Walker is the only volunteer opportunity available for you and your child.

  • Cast Members must wear closed toe shoes.
  • Cast Members should be able to physically walk the one mile parade route and be comfortable for standing for up to three hours.
  • Children, family, friends or pets are NOT allowed to accompany the Cast Member during any of their shifts.
    **If a child wants to be a Cast Member, he or she must be at least 10 years with a chaperone and register as a Costumed Walker. (See above)

  • Cast Members must attend one of the three mandatory training sessions to be held on November 4 at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm at the Charlotte Convention Center. 



Being a Cast Member in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fun and engaging way for your organization to bridge teambuilding with community service. Popular opportunities for groups include:

  • Costume walkers: Members of your group get the opportunity to dress up together in themed outfits and walk alongside a float down the parade route, smiling and waving to the audience!  
  • Balloon Handlers: Walk down Tryon St. as a team carrying a larger than life balloon!

Contact us at volunteers@novanthealththanksgivingparade.com if you have a large group and we will work with you to find the right opportunity for your group, team or organization. Experience the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade in an unforgettable way!


  • WEATHER: Our events are rain or shine.
  • SHIFT COMPLETION: Cast Members are required to complete the entire assigned shift. 
  • ATTENDANCE: We depend on your commitment to participate. Your presence and prompt arrival for your scheduled shifts are absolutely necessary. When you commit, you commit to the selected shift and the entire shift time. If you do not show up, and do not cancel in advance, we reserve the right to remove you from future volunteer assignments and activities.
  • SHIFT CANCELLATION: All cast members are able to manage their itinerary on this website including shift additions, shift changes/cancellations, and adding friends/family to shifts. Use your email address and password to login and return to your registration to make any changes.
  • PLACEMENT: Please note, the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade reserves the right to reassign cast members based on unexpected needs or shifts in events. We will do our best to honor your first choice, but it is not guaranteed. Thank you in advance for your understanding and enthusiasm while volunteering!


  • A chance to be a part of a Charlotte tradition, and one of the largest Thanksgiving Day Parade's in the Southeast

  • Branded jacket

  • Commemorative pin

***The information obtained on this site will only be used by the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade staff. We will not share, trade, sell or give access to your personal information to any other organization without your permission***