67th Annual WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade Presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association
Live Coverage Begins at 10am, Saturday, November 19
The Salvation Army cheerleaders strut their stuff in the 2010 parade.
A holiday tradition continues on Saturday, November 19, 2011, when the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade rolls through downtown Raleigh. WRAL’s live coverage begins at 10am hosted by WRAL morning news anchors Bill Leslie and Kelcey Carlson, with Brian Shrader serving as street-side reporter. North Carolina’s own chart-topping music star, Scotty McCreery, is the grand marshal of this year’s parade.
Presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchant’s Association, this annual event is one of the largest parades on the east coast. An estimated 60,000 people will line the streets, in addition to thousands more watching at home.
The parade will feature floats, twirlers, dancers, North Carolina’s finest marching bands and the biggest helium balloons ever! And as always, a special North Pole visitor will make an appearance 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.
Get full parade details here.
This is the 38th 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 WRAL.com. New this year, twitter users can follow along behind the scenes of the broadcast as on-air hosts tweet from their vantage points during the set up and throughout live coverage. Viewers and parade watchers are encouraged to join in on twitter using the #WRALparade hashtag.
The parade will be rebroadcast throughout the holiday season.
- Saturday, 11/26 at 11:00am on WRALZ-DT/MeTV 50.2
- Saturday, 12/3 at 8:00am on WRAL2/THIS Network 5.2
- Saturday, 12/10 at 8:00am on WRAL2/THIS Network 5.2
- Saturday, 12/17 at 8:00am on WRAL2/THIS Network 5.2
- Saturday, 12/24 at 8:00am on WRAL2/THIS Network 5.2
- Sunday, 12/18 at 5:00pm on WRAZ-TV/Fox50
- Sunday, 12/25 at Noon on WRAL-TV 5
After the parade, go to WRAL.com and search the word “parade” to view photos from this year’s parade and photos from past parades. You can also watch the entire parade or just the individual bands and groups you want, on-demand at any time.
WRAL.com will also have a Santa-cam right beside the holiday star! Watch it on-demand by searching “santa” on WRAL.com.
The 2011 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.