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Old 11-09-2007, 06:06 AM
 
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Where did the year go?
This looks fun!

Raleigh Christmas Parade, Winterfest Set For Nov. 17
On Saturday, Nov. 17, Raleigh residents are invited to come down for a day of fun and activities to kick off the holiday season.

At 9:30 a.m., the fun will begin with the annual Raleigh Christmas Parade. Featuring Santa Claus, marching bands from across Raleigh, a mummers band from New Jersey and more than 100 parade floats, the parade will travel its annual route from St. Mary’s Street and Hillsborough Street, along Salisbury Street, onto Morgan Street and conclude on Fayetteville Street and Davie Street. At least 50,000 people are expected to attend this year’s celebration.

Following the conclusion of the parade at 12 p.m., spectators are invited to attend Winterfest at Moore Square. Santa Claus is expected to attend the afternoon of holiday frolics. Children and their parents are invited to take part in pony rides, tackle an obstacle course and a rock wall, join in games, face-painting and more. Winterfest concludes at 4 p.m.

For more information on the day’s events, visit the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association webpage at Greater Raleigh Merchants Association - Where Business and Community Connect - The Raleigh Christmas Parade.

Hillsborough Street will be closed from St. Mary’s Street to the State Capital. Salisbury Street will be closed for the block adjacent to the Capital. Fayetteville Street will remain closed for the duration of the parade.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:46 AM
 
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The Christmas parade is great. Just know that it can be VERY crowded, so get your spot early and come prepared with blankets, etc. if it is a cold day.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:09 AM
 
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thanks for the reminder . .
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Old 11-10-2007, 05:23 AM
 
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any idea where parking is?
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Old 11-10-2007, 07:21 AM
 
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Here is map of downtown Raleigh. The parade goes down Hillsborough and then down Fayetteville. Last year we parked at the parking deck/ramp/structure (use your favorite regional word) at Hargett & Blount (the one for Moore Square) and walked over to Fayetteville St. Raleigh Convention Center: Downtown City Map (http://www.raleighconvention.com/index.php/homepage/downtown-map - broken link)
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:59 AM
 
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thank you so much and you got rep point for that!
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Does anyone know of any events like this AFTER Thanksgiving? I just can't get into Christmas before Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:34 PM
 
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How early should one get to the parade?
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:04 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I went last year and stood on Fayetteville St. I had never been before and was impressed by the quality of the parade. I really expected a lot less from it. I followed it up with Winterfest, which I found odd since it takes place squarely in Autumn. But, in the end, it was a good time....I just think that the name is sort of odd.
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