On Thanksgiving Day Lauren Kempf will represent Weddington High School in the 2011 Belk Carolina Carrousel Parade in Charlotte on Thursday, November 24, at 10:00 AM. She will be one of 60 high school Carrousel Princesses vying for the coveted Carolinaâ€™s Carrousel Scholarship. Lauren was awarded the title of Miss Weddington last spring after a rigorous competition of credential review and personal interviews. Since receiving this honor, she has been preparing for the Carrousel event which will culminate on Thanksgiving Day with the traditional Christmas parade. She will join the 59 other Carrousel Princesses in downtown Charlotte for pageant activities, which this year include an appearance at the Charlotte NASCAR Hall Of Fame. The Carrousel Queen will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, November 23, at the Marriott Civic Center. All of the high school princesses will ride on floats in the parade. The Belk Carolinasâ€™ Carrousel Parade has evolved over more than six decades as a regional tradition and highlight of the Holiday Season. Founded in 1947 by four local businessmen to attract holiday shoppers to uptown Charlotte, the Thanksgiving week events have become so much more. In 2008, the Parade was recognized as the fourth largest Thanksgiving Parade in the United States. The Parade and its ancillary events are produced by Carolinas' Carrousel, Inc., an independent, volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization. Carolinas' Carrousel is committed to enhancing regional area's community life through quality family oriented entertainment. The Parade officially announces and celebrates the beginning of the Holiday Season. In addition, it promotes excellence through awards to area high school students and marching bands. The Carolinas' Carrousel also exists to offer business, industry, and the local citizenry the opportunity of participating in showcasing the region and encouraging academic and artistic excellence in the future leaders of the area. Prior to the Belk Carolinas Carrousel Parade in Charlotte, Lauren will also represent Weddington High School in the Monroe Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 2 PM. The Weddington Marching Band and the French Club are just two of the WHS groups who will be supporting Lauren with floats in the Monroe parade. Lauren, the daughter of Bob and Susan Kempf of Weddington, is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and is currently Vice-President of the French Honor Society. A talented artist, her work is on display in the halls of Weddington. We wish Lauren the best of luck as she continues her quest for the Carolinas Carrousel Scholarship.