Scotty McCreery to star in Raleigh Christmas parade

Posted October 20, 2011

— "American Idol" winner and Garner native Scotty McCreery will serve as grand marshal of the 2011 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association.

More than 60,000 people are expected to line the streets to watch the parade on Nov. 19. It's the largest Christmas parade between Atlanta and Washington D.C. 

"It means a great deal to me to serve as grand marshal of this parade," McCreery said in a statement. "I’m really glad to be able to get out there and see all of the hometown folks. I know it will be fun." 2015 Raleigh Christmas Parade 2016 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh

McCreery said he has fond memories of attending the Christmas parade as a boy.

"We went with some family friends and it was freezing cold, so we brought a bunch of blankets," he said. "It was always fun, and it’s a good time for the community, so it’s cool to be a part of it."

WRAL-TV will have live coverage of the 67th Raleigh Christmas Parade along Fayetteville Street beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19. The parade will feature more than 100 entries, including bands, floats, super-sized balloons, twirlers, entertainers and special visitor from the North Pole.

McCreery rocketed to national attention when he auditioned for "American Idol" in 2011 and made an impression with deep, undeniably country voice and small-town roots. He became the season 10 "Idol" champion in May and, since then, has gone on tour with other "Idol" contestants, debuted his first album, "Clear as Day," at the top of the charts, and released two hit singles. He sang the National Anthem at the first game of the World Series Wednesday night.

Along the way, McCreery hasn't forgotten his hometown roots in Garner.

"The support I've received from my hometown over the last year has meant so much to me," he said. "They have been by my side since day one. We took them on a journey with us; they were along for the ride with me. So it’s nice to see them back home, still supporting me."

An estimated 15,000 people showed up when McCreery threw a combination birthday and album-release party at the Time Warner Pavilion in Raleigh on Oct. 8, the day before his 18th birthday.

He filmed his second music video for the single "The Trouble With Girls" with about 70 fellow classmates and friends at Garner Magnet High. He's attending class there as a senior to get his high school diploma.


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  • gallbury Oct 21, 2011

    Well, since the kid from Garner is going to be singin' like ole' Josh and "whuppin'up " the raindeer, I guess we can just send Santa Claus on back to the North Pole.

  • 3forme Oct 21, 2011

    The great thing about freedom of speach in this country is you get hear the loyal, the hateful and the dumb all on the same blog..

  • bmg379 Oct 21, 2011

    to all the people who have never been in the industry and view AI winners as living the dream,you have no idea.Ask Chris Daugherty what happened to his friends he thought had a job on his tour.AI took control and fired them.

  • bmg379 Oct 21, 2011

    better do it this year,as next xmas noone will remember his name

  • warbirdlover Oct 21, 2011

    Oh, I don't hate Lady Gaga, I think she is a good singer, but you have to admit that girl is strange. I could see me bring her home for my folks to meet. My Dad was a Navy Commander, you know (the right way, the wrong way & the Navy way) I believe he would have Keel Hauled me down the USS Nimitz, then make me paint it with a Q-Tip.

  • tkdisit Oct 20, 2011

    maybe this year I'll try to come rather than watching it on tv like my family always does. love me some scotty! you can't hate on a genuine nice 18 year old just living his of luck to the grand marshal!

  • Screw WrAl Oct 20, 2011

    "ease tell us all a country song that Scotty has sung about beer and broken hearts......."

    Next album, calm down.

  • warcraft27513 Oct 20, 2011

    Rats......and I was actually planning on going this year. Guess I'll be staying home.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Oct 20, 2011

    Whom would you rather come to your house. A nice polite country boy or a freak of nature (Lady Gaga) To all you haters, just remember at one time George Strait only had sold 100,000 alblums.
    October 20, 2011 2:37 p.m.
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    LOL "freak of nature"....No hate there huh? I TOLD YOU CHANGE THE NAME FROM "Scott" to "Lady Gaga" AND WATCH THE LOVERS TURN TO HATERS. LOl and there you have it. Too easy.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Oct 20, 2011

    I have nothing for or against Scotty McCreery - I think he has a pretty amazing voice for a 17 year old. I won't be attending the CHRISTMAS