Raleigh Christmas Parade canceled, goes virtual instead
Posted July 30, 2020 10:26 a.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2020 5:20 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — For the first time since World War II, the Raleigh Christmas Parade will not roll through the streets of downtown Raleigh.
The parade has been held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving since 1944. This year, Shop Local Raleigh announced that the parade has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns and will instead be held virtually via a live stream on Nov. 21.
The first Raleigh Christmas Parade was held in 1939 as the country was finally rebounding from the Great Depression. It was put on hold due to World War II and returned in 1944.
WRAL is planning a special celebration marking our 47th year of live parade coverage, for an amazing experience from the comfort of your home.