Parade Volunteer - | WBTV Charlotte

WBTV is on your side with coverage of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. This fun community event relies on a dedicated team of volunteers to ensure the parade continues to entertain and delight audiences on the street and watching on television.  Working together, parade volunteers help create excitement and continue the tradition of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, streamed live on and aired later on WBTV-TV 3.

The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Order of the Wishbone offers several volunteer opportunities, providing a role to fit every interest and ability. We are looking for individuals and groups who are interested in using their time and talent to support this Charlotte tradition.


It takes 1,000 dedicated volunteers to produce the parade. From audience engagement to behind-the-scenes, volunteer opportunities include:

  • Balloon Handlers
  • Banner Carriers
  • Community Relations
  • Costume Walkers
  • Host
  • Media Operations
  • Marching Bands
  • Marshals
  • Reserved Seating Host
  • Set-up & Disband
  • Staging
  • Agree to assignments throughout the year
  • Attend training sessions as required for specific volunteer job
  • Work on Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day
  • Support parade activities throughout the year
  • Special access to the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Branded jacket
  • Commemorative pin
  • Volunteer appreciation event

Contact us 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!


Volunteering with the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fun and engaging way for your organization to bridge team-building with community service. Popular opportunities for groups include:

Costume walkers: Members of your group plan and create a group costume, then walk and wave to spectators during the parade!

Balloon Handlers: Walk down Tryon St. as a team carrying a helium balloon!

Register now at!

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