Chilly Parade Launches Holiday Season in Raleigh
Temperatures in the 30’s made for a cold, but festive, Christmas Parade in Raleigh on Sat, Nov 22nd.
The temperature hovered in the 30’s but that didn’t keep the crowds away from the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov 22nd. The event marked the coldest parade weather in 30 years. Crews set up in the wee hours to capture the event for viewers who chose to stay home by the fire.
For those brave enough to line the streets wrapped in blankets and armed with thermoses of hot chocolate, the parade didn’t disappoint. Over 123 floats, bands, bikers, cars and walkers, including several huge balloons made their way through the 1.2 mile route.
Major League Baseball Star Josh Hamilton served as grand marshal of the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade. He hails from Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, and currently plays for the Texas Rangers.
WRAL-TV Anchors Bill Leslie, Lynda Loveland and Valonda Calloway emceed the event from their perch on the corner of Davie & Fayetteville Streets. Myriad other WRAL-TV personalities reported in from the street along with former WRAL-TV Trafficologist Mark Roberts. Seven cameras captured the action in high-definition.
WRAL-TV broadcast the parade live but will also replay the parade during the month of December on the WRAL NewsChannel. A special holiday presentation of the parade will air on WRAL-TV/WRAL-DT at 4pm on Christmas Day.