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Organizers: Carrousel Parade will not be held this year


A Thanksgiving tradition for more than 65 years will not be happening this November after the Carolinas' Carrousel Parade could not find a sponsor.

According to sources on the Carolinas' Carrousel Parade Board, the parade was not able to find a title sponsor or other sponsors sufficient to cover the cost of putting on the Parade and the Scholarship program.

In March, organizers sent out plea to the public, saying it only had until the end of April to secure new sponsors in order for the parade to take place in its current form this year.

"Our title sponsorship contract with Belk expired after last year's parade," Jeff Collins, president of the board of Carolinas' Carrousel, said in March. "Although we do have the valuable support of long-standing sponsors, such as Autobell Car Wash, Piedmont Natural Gas, and CPI Security Systems, without another major sponsor or sponsors we will not have the financial means to produce the parade and this regional holiday tradition will come to an end."

Carolinas' Carrousel, Inc. has produced the annual Carrousel Parade since 1947 and has granted college scholarships to hundreds of outstanding high school seniors since 1967 through its Carrousel Scholarship Program.

The parade, which celebrated its 65th anniversary last year, was included in US News & World Report's 2012 list of America's Best Thanksgiving Day Parades.

"Carrousel has been an important tradition in this region for decades," Collins said in March. "Unfortunately, times have changed and corporate and community support for our efforts is not what it once was. We are very disappointed that the parade and the scholarship program may not go on, but without an influx of funds we simply cannot continue."

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