82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION BEING HONORED AS THE 77th ANNUAL ABC11 RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE GRAND MARSHAL

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82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION BEING HONORED AS THE 77th ANNUAL ABC11 RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE GRAND MARSHAL

The 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC is being honored as the 77th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade Grand Marshal on November 20, 2021 in Raleigh, NC. The 82nd Airborne Division will be sending thirteen paratroopers in addition to two Apache helicopters and one Black Hawk Med Evac helicopter to do a flyover. Joining the parade will also be Col. Shane Morgan, the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 82nd Airborne Division.

“The 82nd Airborne Division has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal for their brave and selfless service these men and women provide to our country every day. The paratroopers will escort a float with 13 American flags on it to remember and honor those we’ve lost and to show our gratitude to those still serving us today. It is our honor and pleasure to have these soldiers with us today so we can share our sincerest thanks.” said Jennifer Martin, Executive Director Shop Local Raleigh.”

“We are thrilled that the 19,000 Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are being honored collectively as Grand Marshal of this historic event,” said Morgan. “Every generation of Paratrooper has been called upon by our nation to defend our freedoms and this generation is no exception. This holiday parade is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and say thank you for their sacrifices and those of their families.”

The mile long parade will feature 115 entries, including energizing bands, themed floats, super-sized balloons, marchers, twirlers, and guarantees an experience for all ages! Come out early to select your viewing spot and don’t forget your cameras to capture all of the memories you will be making. For those that can’t make the parade in person, it will be televised live and streamed on ABC11.com, the ABC11 mobile news app and the new connected TV app available on Roku, Fire, Apple, and Android TVs. The parade pre-show will begin at 9:30am on ABC11 with the parade going live at 10am-12pm. The parade will be rebroadcast on Christmas Day.

 

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

The parade in its 77th year, has happened every year minus a brief pause during WWII.  In 2020, the parade went virtual and was a joyous celebration for community groups and those watching at home. There were still performances and community comradery, while audiences enjoyed one tradition that wasn’t cancelled due to the Novel Coronavirus.

About Shop Local Raleigh
Shop Local Raleigh (SLR) is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses. Shop Local Raleigh is about connecting, supporting and growing independent businesses to strengthen and enrich our community.  SLR currently serves over 1000 locally owned and independent businesses.

SLR welcomes local, independently owned businesses throughout Wake County. Businesses and consumers can learn more at www.shoplocalraleigh.org.

About ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham  
The only local news station with three downtown newsrooms (Raleigh/Fayetteville/Durham), ABC11 Eyewitness News provides 47.5 hours of local news every week, serving more than 1 million households in a 23-county area in North Carolina and Virginia. Eyewitness News also provides news, weather and sports information 24 hours a day on ABC11.com, the ABC11 mobile news app and the new connected TV app available on Roku, Fire, Apple, and Android TVs. ABC11 WTVD is one of eight ABC Owned Stations as part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution division. For more information, go to http://www.abc11.com.  

 

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Media Contact: Jennifer Martin: jennifer@shoplocalraleigh.org or 919-755-9235