ABC11/ Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh: What you need to know

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The 2021 ABC11/ Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh kicks off on November 20 in downtown Raleigh.

After a joyous virtual celebration in 2020, the parade moves back to the streets this year.

Festivities will start at 9:40 a.m. street side, but anyone visiting in person should arrive early. Parking will not be allowed on or within a block of Fayetteville Street.

WATCH: Traffic Tracker Kim Deaner breaks down the parade route and where to park
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Kim Deaner explains the Raleigh Christmas Parade map.

The parade is hosted by ABC11 Eyewitness News morning anchors Barbara Gibbs, John Clark and ABC11 First Alert Meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy. ABC11's morning traffic reporter Kim Deaner will serve as street-side reporter.

Amber Rupinta will host the ABC11 float with special guest ABC News anchor Will Reeve, along with Steve Daniels, Joel Brown and the Eyewitness News Team. Coverage on ABC11 will begin at 9:30 a.m. with special guest ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Don Schwenneker and evening anchor Lauren Johnson as hosts.

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Helping Hand Mission will remember its slain drum major as it moves forward for its always eagerly anticipated appearance in the Raleigh Christmas Parade.

The mile-long parade will feature 115 entries, including bands, floats, balloons, marchers and twirlers.

Watch the entire event on ABC11 and the ABC11 North Carolina streaming app starting at 9:30 a.m.

Also, don't forget you could win big prizes just by watching the parade! To win the Secret Word Sweepstakes, you just need to enter the Secret Santa word here.

That word will be revealed sometime during the parade coverage on ABC11.

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