And on Saturday, they enjoyed it, despite persistent rainfall.
The saints marched in on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh at 11:00 a.m. Saturday - kicking off the much anticipated Raleigh Wide Open 5. It is downtown's chance to show off how much it has changed.
Ian Ryde has lived in Raleigh for five years now, but has never been to the festival.
"I've just never heard of it before," Ryde said. "I think it's great. I mean, the downtown area is pretty vibrant now."
Organizers hope Raleigh Wide Open will help downtown grow and become a first-rate hot spot.