How was your Thanksgiving?
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City is world-famous. Lots of other cities have Thanksgiving Day parades, in many cases because their local department store got swallowed by Macy’s.
The Belk department store chain, with stores in Charlotte, N.C. and throughout the South, happily is not one of them. They sponsor the Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade, a longtime tradition in the Queen City. The Charlotte Scooter Cult made their third straight appearance this year.
Charlotte is a place I’ve been telling myself I need to investigate thoroughly, one of these days. It’s home to over 700,000 souls according to the 2010 Census, a far cry from the Southern hamlet populated by barefoot hillbillies some people insist on picturing, still.
Any city that can conceive, build and put light rail into revenue service in less time than it took Seattle to talk about it is one I’m inclined look on favorably. And Charlotte was the place where opponents famously tried to convince the local electorate that buying everyone in said light rail’s service area a Vespa would be at least as good for the environment but cost considerably less.
Still, Charlotte is NASCAR country. Fly into Charlotte-Douglas Airport and you’ll see a Cup car on display, sooner or later. I’m not sure if Miss Sprint Cup is a regular rider, however.
The parade has a long history, having been started in 1947 by a group of Charlotte businessmen in hopes of attracting shoppers downtown (known these days by the endearingly boosterish name “Uptown Charlotte”). Today the parade caps a weeklong festival of events and scholarship competition.
As you can see, a great time was had by all. There are a bunch more pictures here. Thanks to Cult member Wilson for the background info!