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Crowds delight in sights, sounds of Raleigh Christmas Parade

Posted November 21, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014

— More than 60,000 people lined the streets of downtown Raleigh Saturday morning for the 70th anniversary of the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by Shop Local Raleigh.

The parade stepped off at 10 a.m.

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 traveled east on Hillsborough Street, turned south at the Capitol on Salisbury Street, east on Morgan and then made a final turn down Fayetteville Street.

This is the 41st consecutive year that the event will be broadcast live by WRAL-TV.

Track the parade progress and share your photos and parade vantage point on Twitter using #RaleighParade. There users can interact with Santa himself, asking questions and getting live answers before the parade using hashtag #AskSanta or by going to the WRAL.com Ask Santa page.

The holiday fun doesn't stop when the parade ends.

WRAL.com will have the full parade and individual video segments available 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.


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  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 24, 2014

    Was a lovely time. Cold, but that just made it feel like it was supposed to for a holiday parade. When it's 70+ degrees, hard to think about snow, carols and such. The looks on the children's faces make it all worth while for those who are IN the parade.

  • wlbbjb Nov 23, 2014

    quote:Post by A cold, hard dose of Hans
    "More Raleigh dumbness.
    Much like a Carolina Hurricanes game, I won't be seeing you there."
    You are the SCROOGE AND GRINCH all rolled into one. Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!

  • liskm Nov 22, 2014

    Poor Thanksgiving gets ignored anymore between Hallow madness and Christmas frenzy.

  • CherryDarling Nov 22, 2014

    View quoted thread

    You're not the only one!

  • CherryDarling Nov 22, 2014

    Can we get past Thanksgiving first? I mean, geez...

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Nov 22, 2014

    More Raleigh dumbness.
    Much like a Carolina Hurricanes game, I won't be seeing you there.

  • venomous Nov 22, 2014

    To me a christmas parade should be in december not before thanksgiving.

  • John Conway Nov 22, 2014
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    At least the weather will make it feel more like Christmas than Labor Day.

  • Big Mike Nov 21, 2014

    Unhappy people need not go! I participated with one of the entry groups several years ago, and it was a great time, especially seeing all the smiling faces and waving kids...

  • John Ragan Nov 21, 2014
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    at least Raleigh still calls it the "Christmas " parade