Here Comes Santa Claus
Posted November 23, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — Under sunny skies, Raleigh's 52nd Christmas Parade got under way at 10 a.m. Saturday and was televised on WRAL-TV5.
Following tradition, the parade was led by the Broughton High School Marching Band, which has been at the head of every Raleigh Christmas Parade. The band was joined by 42 floats and 20 more marching bands. The event lasted about two hours.
It began at the intersection of Hillsborough and St. Mary's Streets. The 1.2 mile route then moved along Hillsborough to Salisbury Street, turned south and finished at Lenoir Street just past the Raleigh Civic Center.
Sponsors, in addition to WRAL-TV5, were Hudson Belk Co., and the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association.
Other parades heralding the holiday season will be held in the next few weeks across the area.
Dec. 1 - Franklin County, 3 p.m., Louisburg Smithfield, 3 p.m.
Dec. 2 - Siler City, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 - Angier, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 - Chapel Hill-Carrboro, 10 a.m. Apex, 5 p.m. Garner, 10 a.m. Knightdale, 2 p.m. Morrisville, 1 p.m. Goldston, 1 p.m.
Dec. 8 - Pittsboro, 3 p.m.
Dec. 12 - Fuquay-Varina, 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 - Bahama, 10 a.m. Cary, 2 p.m. Gorman Baptist Church, 1 p.m. Wake Forest, 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 - Hillsborough, 2 p.m.
Dec. 16 - Durham, 6:30 p.m.