2014 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by Shop Local Raleigh.  

Over 65,000 people lined the street for this spectacular show, in addition to thousands more watching at home. This event annually ranks as one of the largest parades on the East Coast.

The parade was hosted by WRAL-TV morning news personalities Bill Leslie and Renee Chou, with Lynda Loveland serving as street-side reporter. The grand marshal of this year’s parade was Ira David Wood III, whose Theater in the Park is celebrating the 40 anniversary of "A Christmas Carol".

This year’s parade featured 115 entries, including marching bands, festive floats, giant balloons, animals, entertainers, specialty vehicles, plus special holiday surprises. And as always, a special North Pole visitor made an appearance at the end of the parade.

The parade route is 1.2 miles long, starting at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets. The parade travels east on Hillsborough Street, turns south at the Capitol on Salisbury Street, east on Morgan and then makes a final turn down Fayetteville Street.

This is the 41st consecutive year that the event was broadcast live by WRAL-TV. The parade was also be streamed live on and the WRAL News app, and viewers across North Carolina watched the parade on UNC-EX.


The holiday fun doesn't stop when the parade ends. WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade 2014 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

You can view the full parade, individual video segments on demand, plus hundreds of photos of marchers, bands, floats and the crowd.

Santa also settles in online to take your questions through the holiday season. Ask Santa will be updated daily with answers direct from the man in red.

The parade will be replayed on television each Saturday in December at 10 a.m. on WRAL2, plus a special holiday presentation on WRAL-TV at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day.


Parades of the past


Find your band or float: 2013 parade segments

Our photos | Your photos


Video | Photos


Video | Photos

Raleigh Christmas Parade in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

More parade photos

Raleigh Christmas parade 20102010Raleigh Christmas parade 20072007
Raleigh Christmas parade 20092009Raleigh Christmas parade 20062006
Raleigh Christmas parade 20082008

 Raleigh Christmas parade 20052005