"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving?
Turkey? Football? Family and friends gathered ‘round?
For 66 years in our community, Thanksgiving has also meant the Carolinas' Carrousel Parade.
The Carrousel Parade has played host to TV and movie stars, "Singing Cowboys," local and state politicians, and even Miss America.
The heart of any Parade is the marching bands and floats…and a hodgepodge of interesting characters and eye-catching participants.
It's all capped by the season's first appearance of that Jolly Old Elf.
WBTV has been extremely proud to host the television broadcast of the Parade going all the way back to the 1950s.
Well, as you may have heard, the prospect for a Carrousel Parade in 2013 is looking mighty dim.
Parades don't just happen.
As with most things these days, it takes money.
And the Carrousel Organization has been unable to secure sufficient sponsorship for the immediate future.
Is the concept of a local Thanksgiving Day Parade an idea whose time has come and gone?
Well perhaps so.
But for tens of thousands who have faithfully lined the parade route, the hundreds of thousands who have watched it on TV,
and those of us at WBTV who have produced the broadcast for our air, it's a Thanksgiving Day tradition that will be sorely missed.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.