Raleigh parade signals start of holiday season

Posted November 20, 2010

Saturday morning marks the 66th time the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade has signaled the beginning of the holiday season in the Triangle. 2010 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade 2010 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade

Approximately 60,000 people lined Hillsborough and Fayetteville streets to see bands, performers and Santa Claus. Parking in city-owned parking decks and metered spaced in downtown Raleigh is free of charge for the day.

The parade started at 9:30 a.m. and was broadcast on WRAL-TV and live. 

Live interview with Santa at Christmas parade

WRAL-TV morning news anchors Bill Leslie and Kelcey Carlson hosted the parade, with WRAL's traffic reporter Brian Shrader serving as street-side reporter.

Chart-topping country music star and North Carolina native Jason Michael Carroll was the grand marshal.

The parade featured more than 100 entries, including bands, floats, super-sized balloons, marchers, twirlers and other entertainers.

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  • sixnitepkg Nov 22, 2010

    Sadly missing from this Christmas parade: The West Johnston HS band - how is it that the best band in the state, grand champion & #1 parade band at Cary band days, and #2 highschool band in THE COUNTRY is not at the biggest local parade? an appearance in this parade WAS planned by the WJHS band but withdrawn at the last minute under very vague, almost suspicious, circumstances. Seems to me as though the administration at West is happy with alot of bad press despite the fact that there are many GOOD things going on at the school