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2016 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh

Roger Krupa- 72nd Annual Parade Grand Marshal

Former Director of Raleigh Convention Center, Red Hat Amphitheater &
Duke Performing Arts Center

Downtown Raleigh Visionary
Leader of positive change for Raleigh

  

 

 

Parade Route and Map of Parking Decks

Official Parade Photographer:

The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association (GRMA) is a non-profit organization that has been a single effective voice for small business and merchants since 1940. Comprised of business owners, entrepreneurs, merchants and other professionals in the Raleigh area, GRMA promotes an environment of communication, cooperation and support for local businesses.

The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association has organized the Raleigh Christmas Parade since 1944! The Raleigh Christmas parade is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington, DC. An estimated 65,000 will attend the parade in person and 250,000 will watch from home.

Shop Local Raleigh is a movement run by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association. Shop Local Raleigh is all about promoting & supporting locally-owned, independent businesses. It’s about making your hard-earned money go further, fueling the local economy, & helping to preserve the unique character of Raleigh.

Thank you for shopping local and supporting your small business community.

 
     

 

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72nd Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade — Nov 15, 2016

Don’t miss the pageantry and excitement of the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by Shop Local Raleigh.  Live television coverage begins Saturday, November 19th at 10am from downtown Raleigh.

Over 65,000 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.

Now in its 72nd year, the parade is hosted by WRAL-TV morning news personalities Bill Leslie and Renee Chou, with Brian Shrader serving as street-side reporter.

This year’s parade will feature 115 entries, including marching bands, festive floats, giant balloons, animals, entertainers, specialty vehicles, plus special holiday surprises.

The parade route is 1.4 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.

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