Christmas parade rolls through Raleigh

Posted November 17, 2012

— Thousands of people lined the streets in downtown Raleigh Saturday morning to take in the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, the Triangle's annual kickoff event for the holiday season. Christmas parade 2012 Holiday cheer warms crowd at Raleigh Christmas Parade

Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, the biggest parade between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta drew more than 50,000 people to the Fayetteville Street area. Attendees were greeted by sunshine and cool temperatures, as the mercury climbed from the mid-40s into the 50s as the parade snaked through downtown. 

"This is one of the best things about the Triangle, right? It's this parade and coming downtown. It's very special," said Keith Poston, a spokesman for Time Warner Cable, one of the parade sponsors.

In its 68th year, the 2012 edition of the parade featured more than 115 entries, including fantastic floats, super-sized balloons, marching bands, entertainers, specialty vehicles and a special North Pole visitor.

The appearance of Santa inspired some parade-goers to share their Christmas wishes.

"I want a new Barbie doll," Madison George said.

"I want a new Northface jacket," said Hannah Philbeck.

2012 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade Holiday season kicks off at Raleigh with Christmas Parade

"American Idol" contestant and North Carolina native Emily Minor served as the grand marshal, and WRAL-TV morning news personalities Bill Leslie, Kelcey Carlson and Brian Shrader hosted the festivities on television and 

Beginning at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary's Street, the 1.2-mile parade course traveled east on Hillsborough Street, south on Salisbury Street, east on Morgan Street and down Fayetteville Street. 

Participate in the parade: Whether you watched from the street, on TV, on the computer or some combination, we love to share the Christmas parade with you.

Catch replays of the parade at 1 p.m. the first four Saturdays in December on WRAL2, plus a special holiday presentation on WRAL-TV at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 19, 2012

    @blahblahblah, ok. So, how would you feel if the city put up decorations, hired tons of police (and planners, fire & rescue, etc.) and spents thousands of dollars...all for Ramadan?...for the Muslims...and only for the Muslims?

    Would the do-unto-others thing be a little clearer then?

  • blahblahblah Nov 19, 2012

    allinfants-it's called a Christmas parade because it is a celebration of Christmas. Plain and simple.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 19, 2012

    25% of the people are not Christians. Why not change the name to Holiday Parade and include everyone?

    It would certainly make all the public expenditures of thousands of dollars and hundreds of staff hours of police, planning, fire & rescue support, port-a-potties, and all the other city-borne costs go down more like a spoon full of sugar...

    What would a "do unto others" person do?