Santa Claus Is Coming To Town For The Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

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Airs Live on Saturday, November 17th at 10am

Santa Claus will once again star in the annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 17th.

Don’t miss the pageantry and excitement of the 2012 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by Shop Local Raleigh.  Live coverage begins Saturday, November 17th at 10am from downtown Raleigh.

Over 70,000 people will line the street for this spectacular show, in addition to thousands more watching at home.  This event annually ranks as one of the largest parades on the East Coast.
The parade is hosted by WRAL-TV morning news personalities Bill Leslie and Kelcey Carlson, with Brian Shrader serving as street-side reporter.  The grand marshal of this year’s parade is North Carolina’s own Emily Minor, a former American Idol participant and current Nashville recording artist.
Now in its 68th year, the parade will feature over 115 entries, including fantastic floats, super-sized balloons, marching bands, entertainers, animals, specialty vehicles, plus many holiday surprises.

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

This is the 39th consecutive year that the event will be broadcast live by WRAL-TV.  The parade will also be streamed live on  Replays will be broadcast Saturdays at 1pm during the month of December (excluding Dec. 29) on WRAL2 , plus a special holiday presentation on WRAL-TV at 4pm on Christmas Day.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Randy Mews for this capcom story.

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