Charlotte native and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton will serve as grand marshal for the 2016 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade, with will mark its 70th year on Nov. 24.
Hamilton, 45, who graduated from South Mecklenburg High School, will join a 120-unit parade line-up that includes musical performers, marching bands and floats.
Robert Krumbine, chief creative officer for Charlotte Center City Partners, said organizers were “thrilled that a star of Anthony’s caliber agreed to be in the parade.”
Hamilton has received 12 Grammy nominations during his career, and won in 2009 for his collaboration with Al Green on “You’ve Got the Love I Need.” He also has worked with artists including Nas, Rick Ross, Carlos Santana, Jill Scott and Tupac. In February he performed for President Barack Obama at the White House during a Smithsonian salute to Ray Charles.
The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., starting at the Levine Avenue of the Arts and traveling north along Tryon Street to 9th Street. It will be broadcast locally on WBTV Channel 3 (CBS) at 4 p.m. and streamed online at WBTV.com.