WRAL-TV Gears Up for Annual Christmas Parade in Raleigh

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Santa Claus is coming to town…this Saturday for the 2006 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade.

Don’t miss the excitement of the 2006 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade.   Live coverage begins Saturday, November 18th at 10am from downtown’s newly reopened Fayetteville Street.

Presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchant’s Association, this annual event is the largest parade between Atlanta and New York.  Approximately 60,000 people will line the street, in addition to thousands more watching at home.

The parade is hosted by WRAL-TV morning news personalities Bill Leslie, Lynda Loveland, Valonda Calloway and Mark Roberts.  WRAL will utilize eight camera positions for its broadcast, including aerial shots provided by the Sky 5 Helicopter.  Now in its 62nd year, the parade will feature dozens of bands, fantastic floats, super-sized balloons, marchers, twirlers, entertainers and a special surprise at the end of the parade.

Charlie Gaddy & Bobbie Battista

Bob DeBardelaben
Former WRAL-TV Anchors Charlie Gaddy, (above l to r) Bobbie Battista & Bob DeBardelaben will reunite on Friday, Nov 17th for a WRAL Reunion newscast celebrating WRAL-TV’s 50th anniversary. The next morning the trio will serve as Grand Marshals of the “WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade.” WRAL News Reunion
Bob DeBardelaben & Charlie Gaddy Bobbie Battista

The parade route is 1.2 miles long, starting at the corner of Hillsborough St. and St. Mary’s Street.  The parade travels east on Hillsborough St., then turns south at the Capitol on Salisbury St., east on Morgan, and then makes a final turn down Fayetteville Street.

Lynda Loveland & Bill Leslie
WRAL-TV Anchors Lynda Loveland (left) & Bill Leslie host the parade last year and will do the same for 2006.

This is the 34th consecutive year that the event will be produced and aired by WRAL-TV.  The parade will also be simulcast on WRAL.com.  For the 8th consecutive year, WRAL will produce and present the parade in High Definition on WRAL-DT.  The parade will also be replayed throughout the month of December on the WRAL NewsChannel, plus a special holiday presentation on WRAL-TV/WRAL-DT at 5:00am on Christmas Day.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Randy Mews for this capcom story.


POSTED: November 16, 2006

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