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Mark your Calendars: Raleigh Christmas Parade is Nov. 17

The parade, which runs through downtown Raleigh, lasts about 2.5 hours.

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Raleigh Christmas Parade
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Thousands line up to watch this one, so I know this is a holiday tradition for many of you (as it is for my own family).

The WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade starts at 9:40 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. This massive parade runs about 2.5 hours and features marching bands, floats, community groups, a few balloons and Santa.

If you go, this is definitely something you'll want to get to early. The parade runs down Hillsborough Street to the State Capitol and then down Fayetteville Street. Parking and curb space can fill up pretty quickly.

We usually get there no later than 9 a.m. to find an on-street parking spot and grab a piece of curb somewhere along Hillsborough Street. By then, there are plenty of larger groups that have already staked out their space with blankets and chairs, but there's still some space.

If it's cold, we usually bring a thermos of hot chocolate and curl up under some blankets before it all begins.

For more information and to see the parade route, click here. For downtown Raleigh parking information, click here.

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