2015 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh

2015 Raleigh Christmas Parade

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, marked the 71st anniversary of the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by Shop Local Raleigh.

More than 60,000 people lined the streets to watch the parade march through downtown Raleigh, and thousands more tuned in from home.

The 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 Brian Shrader serving as street-side reporter.

The parade will featured 115 entries, including marching bands, festive floats, giant balloons, animals, entertainers, specialty vehicles, plus special holiday surprises. Raleigh City Councilman John Odom was the grand marshal. And as always, a special North Pole visitor arrived at the end of the parade.

This is the 42nd consecutive year that the event was broadcast live by WRAL-TV. The parade is also available live on and in the WRAL News app.

The holiday fun doesn't stop when the parade ends. 2015 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade Photos, segments, more from the 2015 parade

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

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.

The parade also marks the kickoff of WRAL's annual Coats for the Children campaign -- the station's major holiday fundraising campaign for Salvation Army families. You can give online, via text, visiting drop-off centers or by calling in during our daylong telethon on Friday, Dec. 11.


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.

Parades of the past


Find your band or float: 2014 parade segments


Find your band or float: 2013 parade segments



Video | Photos


Video | Photos

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

More parade photos

2009 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade

2008 Raleigh Christmas Parade

2007 Raleigh Christmas Parade

2006 Raleigh Christmas Parade

2005 Christmas Parade Slideshow

2004 Christmas Parade Slideshow