Thousands attend Raleigh Christmas Parade

The scene on Fayetteville St., just outside the Raleigh Eyewitness News Center (File - 2010)

November 20, 2010 11:22:13 AM PST
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Raleigh Saturday for the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association's annual Christmas Parade.Boosters like reminding us that the Raleigh Christmas parade is the biggest one of its kind between here and Atlanta.

But for a true measure of the parade's impact, see someone like Cheryl Jackson of Cary. She's lived there for 16 years.

"I came here to the first aprade when we moved here...from Illinois," Jackson said. "I'm from Connecticut."

Some even saw their first Christmas parade Saturday.

"Well, he's waiting on Santa Claus," said Brandy Griffith of her three-year-old son. "He wants to see him."

For many, Santa Claus is the main attraction on a brisk, fun-filled Saturday before Thanksgiving. A reminder that Christmas is almost here.

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