Big crowds attend annual Raleigh Christmas Parade


There was plenty of music filling the streets as area marching bands played festive tunes and local dance teams strutted their stuff much to the delight of those lining the parade route.

As if there was not enough action on the ground, the crowd was also wowed by jets overhead.

Meanwhile, there was everything from beauty queens, to miniature horses, to canines and their companions.

The parade included a wide variety of participants that bring many families back out year after year.

"Last year was [my sons] first year and they really liked it, him, and his best friend, so we had to come back again," said Crystal Hunter from Raleigh.

However, word of mouth attracted plenty of newcomers to the parade, as well.

There was plenty to see even for the youngest parade-goers, including giant storybook characters and Thomas the Train.

For the big kids at heart, the giant shopping cart made an appearance, along with some big names in downtown Raleigh, including Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Of course, the parade would not have been complete without the biggest star of all, Santa, who was there to round things out.

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