RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The ABC11/LeithCars.com Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh stepped off Saturday morning with huge crowds enjoying perfect weather.
Thousands lined the route to see the marching bands, floats, balloons, and Santa Claus as they passed in front of the ABC11 studios on Fayetteville Street led by the Raleigh Police Department and the police chief.
The marching bands included Southeast Raleigh High School, Wakefield High, Sanderson High, East Wake High, Enloe High, Rolesville, Cardinal Gibbons, Apex Friendship, Garner Magnet, Leesville Road, Broughton High, Knightdale High, Athens Drive, Heritage High, Millbrook High, North Raleigh Christian Academy, Wake Forest, Wake Christian, A Drummer's World, Bluestone High, Green Hope, and Cary High.
It's also a time to think about the less fortunate. ABC11 is collecting donations 2017 ABC11 Together Food Drive.
This was the first year for ABC11 as the official broadcast partner of the parade and we'd like to thank everyone for coming out. It was fun!