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Thousands Line Up for Raleigh Christmas Parade

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WRAL's Pam Saulsby and Jim Payne hosted the TV broadcast of the parade.
RALEIGH — The weather may have been a little warm, but it sure looked like Christmas in downtown Raleigh Saturday.

The 53rd Annual Christmas Parade rolled down the streets of Raleigh. Marching bands, wide-eyed kids and of course, Kris Kringle paid a visit.

Twenty-five marching bands, almost 50 floats and thousands of people addedup to a giant way to ring in the holiday season. The 53rd annual RaleighChristmas Parade rolled down Hillsborough Street in front of some 80,000 parade watchers. Grand Marshal this year was Doug E. Doug from the Cosby Show.

Jim Payne and Pam Saulsby hosted the WRAL broadcast of the even from thereview stand, while it was tough NOT being involved down on the street.

The man of the hour was Santa Claus. Kids of all ages strained to catch aglimpse of Ole St. Nick. The end of this parade has become Raleigh'sunofficial beginning of the holiday season.

Today's parade was the first of many holiday parades scheduled in theTriangle between now and Christmas.

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