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 WRAL.com 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. 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
More parade photos
Published: 2014-11-22 11:01:00
Updated: 2014-12-05 09:01:26