WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade Delights Thousands

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WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade Delights Thousands
Tune In to Re-broadcasts on WRAL in December

Kelcey Carlson, Bill Leslie & Scotty McCreery
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery (r to l) joins WRAL-TV Anchors Bill Leslie & Kelcey Carlson after his ride through the 2011 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade on Sat, Nov 19th.

The 2011 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade did not disappoint as thousands packed the streets of downtown to see their hometown Idol hero, marching bands, a few Christmas nay-sayers and the man in red himself.   Not even the Grinch and Scrooge could dampen spirits as parade goers and WRAL viewers watching at home enjoyed the festivities.

Over 110 entries, including floats featuring personalities from MIX 101.5 and WRAL-FM, took part in the parade on Saturday, November 19th.  WRAL broadcast the parade live with Morning News Anchors Bill Leslie & Kelcey Carlson commentating the action.  WRAL-TV Traffic Reporter Brian Shrader brought live interviews from the street.  And American Idol winner Garner’s very own Scotty McCreery joined Carlson & Leslie on the scaffolding for a bit after his ride down the parade route.

Kelcey Carlson
WRAL-TV’s Kelcey Carlson interviews Jr. Rockettes director prior to start of the parade.
Santa Claus
Santa Claus delights parade goers young & old as he comes through as the grand finale for the 2011 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade.
Greg Clark & Richard Adkins
WRAL-TV’s GregClark (left) & Richard Adkins get ready to bring the BEST shots of the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade home to our viewers.

If you missed the parade or want to relive the fun, you’ll have multiple opportunities.  WRAL-TV will re-air the parade broadcast during the month of December on WRAL2 and MeTV 50.2, plus a special holiday presentation on WRAL-TV at 12pm on Christmas Day.

Check out the links below to see pictures, stories, and more:

WRAL-TV personalities wave to the crowd from atop the Big 5’s float.
Bill Jordan & Lynda Loveland
WRAL-FM’s Bill Jordan (l to r), his Morning Show co-host Lynda Loveland, and her daughter Carys ride on the MIX float.
The Grinch
The Grinch doesn’t steal this Christmas parade!
Scotty McCreery
American Idol Winner & Parade Grand Marshal Scotty McCreery wave to his many fans.

Thanks to WRAL.com’s Andy Martin, WRAL-TV’s Phyllis Parish & WRAL-TV’s Adam Owens for these capcom photos.

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