2016 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, marked the 72nd anniversary of the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by Shop Local Raleigh.

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets for the spectacular show, while thousands more watched from home.

The event annually ranks as one of the largest parades on the East Coast.

The parade featured 115 entries, including marching bands, festive floats, giant balloons, animals, entertainers, specialty vehicles, plus special holiday surprises.

[Find your band or float in the 2016 Raleigh Christmas Parade]

This was the 43rd consecutive year that the event was broadcast live by WRAL-TV.

Twitter users can go behind the scenes of the parade and share their photos and parade experiences using #RaleighParade.

The parade will be replayed on television on Christmas Eve at noon on WRAL2 and on Christmas Day at noon. on WRAL-TV.

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 any amount now by texting Coats to 41444 online, giving online, visiting drop-off centers or by calling in during our daylong telethon on Friday, Dec. 9.

Parades of the past


More video, photos of YOUR band or float


More video, photos of YOUR band or float


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

2010 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade

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