The WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade Rolls Again Down Fayetteville Street

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The WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade Rolls Again Down Fayetteville Street
Live Coverage Begins at 10am, Saturday, November 21

WRAL's Raleigh Christmas Parade

A holiday tradition continues on Saturday, November 21 when the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade rolls down Fayetteville Street.   WRAL’s live coverage begins at 10am hosted by WRAL morning news anchors Bill Leslie and Kelcey Carlson, with Elizabeth Gardner serving as street-side reporter.  Former Carolina Hurricanes player, Glen Wesley, is the grand marshal of the parade, now in its 65th year.

Presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchant’s Association, this annual event is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington, DC.  An estimated 60,000 people will line the streets, in addition to thousands more watching at home.

The parade will feature floats, super-sized balloons, twirlers, dancers, North Carolina’s finest marching bands and a special North Pole visitor at the end of the parade.

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

This is the 36th consecutive year that WRAL-TV will produce and air the event.  The broadcast will air live in high-definition and will also be streamed live on  Each Saturday in December, the parade will be rebroadcast on WRAL.2 at 8am, and there will be a special holiday rebroadcast on WRAL-TV at 4pm on Christmas Day.

After 6:00pm on November 21, go to and search the word “parade” to view photos from this year’s parade and photos from past parades.  You can also see video of each individual entry and the entire parade on demand at any time on as streaming video.

The 2009 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade is sponsored by Crabtree Valley Mall, Time Warner Cable and WakeMed.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story.

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