Never mind those decidedly unseasonal temperatures forecasters are talking about – Raleigh wants you to get in the Christmas spirit Saturday.
The Raleigh Christmas Parade will roll through downtown, starting at 9:40 a.m. The parade, presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, is billed as the largest holiday parade between Washington and Atlanta.
The route: Starts on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street. Proceeds down Hillsborough to the State Capitol. Moves on Salisbury and Morgan streets to Fayetteville Street. Proceeds down Fayetteville to Lenoir Street.
Street closures: Most major streets along the route will begin closing at 7 a.m.
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Look for: Marching bands from most Wake County high schools, floats, large helium balloons and, of course, Santa Claus at parade’s end.
On TV: WRAL will broadcast the parade live from 10 a.m. until noon. The station will rebroadcast the parade on Christmas Day at noon.
Weather: In the 50s at the start of the parade. Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s later Saturday.