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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.

THE 2013 WRAL RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE IS GOING ON AS SCHEDULED.  THERE HAS NOT BEEN A CANCELLATION.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU TOMORROW AT 9:40AM and 10AM IF YOU'RE WATCHING FROM HOME.

 
    

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Help Us Make Caelonís Wish Come True — Dec 3, 2013

Every year a community of Wake County children and adults seek to deliver holiday cheer to a local child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.  Known as the ‘Santa Stumble,’ this group parades through local events and venues seeking support and spreading holiday cheer.

This year the ‘Santa Stumble’ adopted the wish of Caelon.  Caelon is a 5-year-old Wake County resident that was diagnosed with a rare stroke disorder.  He was 20 months old when he suffered his first stroke.  In spite of the many associated challenges, Caelon remains upbeat. His one wish is to travel to Disney Land with his family to visit ‘Cars Land.’  With your help, we WILL make his wish come true this holiday season!

GREATER RALEIGH MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE 69th ANNUAL RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE — Nov 6, 2013

GREATER RALEIGH MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

THE GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE 69th ANNUAL RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE

Don’t miss the pageantry and excitement of the 2013 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade! Downtown Raleigh will kick off the holiday season with festivities beginning Saturday, November 23rd at 9:40am.

Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, this annual event is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington D.C. Over 65,000 people will line the street, in addition to 250,000 thousand more watching at home.

The grand marshal of this year’s parade is North Carolina’s own reality television star, Project Runway finalist, and inspiration to all, Justin LeBlanc. Raised in the heart of Raleigh, N.C., LeBlanc currently teaches at North Carolina State University in the College of Art and Design. Born deaf, LeBlanc has relied on artificial means throughout his life to provide some resemblance of sound. His lack of hearing heightened his other senses resulting in a perception of the world that inspired the idea and direction of his own artistic explorations in art, fashion, and storytelling.

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