WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade a Holiday Delight

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Approximately 20 bands march down the streets of Raleigh in the Christmas Parade.
A bevy of horses clip clop down the main drag.

With a perfect nip in the air, the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade hit the downtown streets for the 63rd time on Saturday, November 17, 2007.   About 20 bands and 40 floats paraded down Hillsborough and Fayetteville Streets, entertaining a crowd of 60,000.

The largest parade between New York and Atlanta, the Raleigh parade featured clowns, Christmas carolers, antique cars, motorcycle riders, jump ropers and much more.  Santa Claus brought up the rear of the procession, tailed by the Broughton High School Band. 

Those along the parade route might have thought they were seeing double.  The Broughton group also marched close to the opening of the parade.  The band used the duo of trips through the 1.2 mile route as a warm-up for the Tournament of Roses Parade they will march in Pasadena, CA on New Year’s Day.  That route will be six miles long, so the group even marched from Broughton to the parade start, to get their numb feet going.

MIX 101.5’s Morning Co-Hosts Bill Jordan (left) & Sheri Logan wave to fans from atop their perch on the WRAL-FM float.
Broughton High School Marching Band
The Broughton High School Band uses the parade as a warm-up for the Tournament of Roses parade they’ll march on New Year’s Day.
A Christmas Carol
Cast members from “A Christmas Carol” wave happily to the cheering crowd.
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View the slideshow from the WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade.

Local mascots like Stormy from the Carolina Hurricanes showed off their antics.  Ron the Ref followed the hog in the Canes van, constantly blowing the horn as Stormy showed off his best supermodel poses on the pavement.  Durham Bulls mascot Wool E. Bull, the Carolina Mudcats mascot Muddy, and the Time Warner Cable Looney Tunes gang delighted children and adults alike, among others.

WRAL-TV broadcast the parade live and will re-air the 2-hour event over the next month on the WRAL NewsChannel.  And WRAL will air a special holiday presentation on WRAL-TV/WRAL-DT on Christmas Day at 4pm.

Flag Line
WRAL-TV Photographer Pete James captures the flag line on camera for the viewers at home.
This little twirler keeps step as she makes her way down the parade route.
Mark Roberts
Mark Roberts comes back for a guest appearance, interviewing his beloved Student Safety Patrol as they march.
On WRAL.com

See the streaming video of the parade online, view WRAL.com’s photo gallery, see video from WRAL’s news stories and relive the parades of 2005 & 2006 on WRAL.com’s parade story.


WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade

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