Christmas 2010 will once again bring Raleigh area residents opportunities to celebrate their favorite traditional activities.
Raleigh 2010 Christmas Parade
WRAL-TV will sponsor the 66th annual Raleigh Christmas parade on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Parade festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. Live coverage on WRAL-TV or WRAL.com will run from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. A repeat showing of parade events will run Christmas Day at 4:00 p.m.
Grand Marshal for the 2010 Raleigh Christmas parade is country music singer-songwriter Jason Michael Carroll, a North Carolina native son from Youngsville.
WRAL-TV’s Bill Leslie and Kelcey Carlson will host the event. Brian Shrader will report from street-side, covering local holiday spirit from the largest Christmas Parade between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.
The parade’s route runs from the intersection of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s Streets, traveling east on Hillsborough Street and turning south at the Capitol Building. It will turn down Salisbury Street, east onto Morgan Street and onward down Fayetteville Street.
At last count, the parade had attracted over 100 entries. Floats, giant balloons, dance groups, marching bands, baton twirlers, civic groups, long-time favorites and new surprises rank among parade participants. That most favored parade member of all, Santa himself, promises to make an appearance.
2010 Cary Junior Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
The 2010 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. Participants will line up at 1:00 p.m. The parade route will extend from downtown Cary between Martin Architectural Products at 511 East Chatham Street and the old Cary Elementary School at the intersection of South Academy Street and Kildaire Farm Road.
The Cary Jaycees have sponsored the Cary Christmas Parade for 31 years. Floats, bands, officials, church and civic groups and other local celebrities will be on hand for what promises to be a treat for all who line Cary’s holiday decorated streets.
The Cary Junior Chamber of Commerce will have specific parade instructions, notices and final line-up procedures posted on its website in early December.
East Cedar, East Chatham and South Academy Streets will close to traffic at 1:00 p.m. until the end of the parade.
Cary Jaycees ‘Santa’s Letters’ Project
As part of their community outreach, the Jaycees will sponsor a Santa’s Letters project to raise funds for the Jaycee Cottage at Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw and the North Carolina Jaycees Outpatient Treatment Center at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Parents, grandparents, family members and friends may, for a $5 fee, sign up for a special child to receive a personalized letter from Santa. Letters will reach children about one week before Christmas. A reindeer treat will accompany each letter so children can help Santa keep the reindeer happy on their North Pole journey. A downloadable PDF order form is available.
Checks should be made payable to Cary Jaycees, Santa’s Helper, 2121 Arboretum Trace, Cary, N.C. 27518.
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