November 18, 2017 @ 9:40 am America/New York Timezone
Begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street
Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street
Raleigh Christmas Parade 2017 @ Begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street

From WRAL Website:

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, will mark the return of a Triangle holiday tradition: The Raleigh Christmas Parade broadcast live on WRAL.

Bill Leslie, Renee Chou and the WRAL team will be on the streets of downtown Raleigh capturing the sights and sounds of this joyous celebration.

“For generations, WRAL has played a big part in our community’s celebration of the holiday season,” said Vice President and General Manager of WRAL-TV and FOX 50 Steven D. Hammel. “I am proud to say that the efforts of the WRAL team will ensure that the tradition continues again this year.”

Tens of thousands of people line the streets annually for the spectacular show, while thousands more watch from home. The event annually ranks as one of the largest parades on the East Coast.

The parade features 115 entries, including marching bands, festive floats, giant balloons, animals, entertainers, specialty vehicles, plus special holiday surprises.

General Info from Greater Raleigh Merchants Association Site 

Parade Route: download parade map

  • Begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street
  • proceeds to the State Capitol
  • turns right onto Salisbury Street
  • turns left onto Morgan St.
  • Turns right onto Fayetteville St
  • and continues to Lenoir Street where it disbands

Length of Parade Route:
Approximately 1.4 miles

The Parade will last about 2.5 hours. The Parade telecast airs from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. It is rebroadcast on Christmas morning.

Participant Information:
Parade Application
Parade Registration Schedule
Parade Fees
Parade Day Line-Up
Parade Day Photography
Awards for Parade Participants

For further information or if your are interested sponsoring a float, please call the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association at 919-256-3640.

You can also email: info@grma.org