Thousands come to annual Raleigh Christmas Parade

December 13, 2011 by  

Sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Merchant’s Association, the 67th Greater Raleigh Christmas Parade was held last month on a Saturday morning and drew thousands of spectators from the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area due to cooperating weather and printing services that the Association used to create flyers and brochures that were posted in the community making the public aware of the event.

There were more than 100 entries in the event and included extra-large balloons, floats, bands, twirlers, marchers, entertainers, and the special guest appearance of Santa Claus. Scotty McCreery, an American idol winner was the Grand Marshal for the parade this year and said having such a position as the main attraction is something he would never have thought would happen. He was amazed at how much support he received from parade viewers and that he was having a great time as Grand Marshal. He said he has been coming to the parade every year since he has been a child.

Bill Leslie and Kelcey Carlson, who are morning news anchors on the local Raleigh station, WRAL-TV, were the hosts for the parade while the street-side reporter was Brian Shrader. Carlson pointed out that the parade’s official start is 10:00 a.m. but people start lining the streets as early as 8:30 in the morning, hoping to get a good view of the parade’s entirety.

The parade was broadcast live on WRAL-TV for the 38th year in a row. During the month of December, there will be re-broadcasts of the parade on MWRAL.2 and MeTV 50.2. On Christmas Day, WRAL-TV will re-broadcast the parade along with a special holiday presentation at noon.