Shop Local Raleigh Announces the 77th Annual ABC11 Raleigh Christmas Parade

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As a gift to local residents, Shop Local Raleigh plans to continue the 77th year tradition on Saturday, November 20th, 2021, LIVE on ABC11.

Don’t miss the pageantry and excitement of the 2021 ABC11 Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh on November 20, 2021 in Downtown Raleigh. The parade will kick off the holiday season with festivities at 9:40 am street side and at 9:30 am on ABC11 and the ABC11 North Carolina streaming apps.

Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, this annual event is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington D.C. Over 65,000 people will line the street, in addition to 250,000 thousand more watching at home.

The parade in its 77th year has happened every year minus a brief pause during WWII. In 2020, the parade went virtual and was a joyous celebration for community groups and those watching at home. There were still performances and community comradery, while audiences enjoyed one tradition that wasn’t canceled due to the Novel Coronavirus.

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 and evening anchor Amber Rupinta will serve as street-side reporters. Coverage on ABC11 will begin at 9:30 am with special guest ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Don Schwenneker and evening anchor Lauren Johnson as hosts.

“The Raleigh Christmas Parade is an annual tradition for thousands in our community and we are fortunate to be able to come back to downtown for a live event in 2021. We want the community to be able to enjoy the traditions they love in a manner in which they feel safe and it’s great that the event can be watched from home on ABC11 or in-person” said Jennifer Martin, Executive Director Shop Local Raleigh.

The mile-long parade will feature 115 entries, including energizing bands, themed floats, super-sized balloons, marchers, twirlers, and tons of fun! Come out early to grab your spot and don’t forget your camera to capture all of the family memories you will be making.



About Shop Local Raleigh

Shop Local Raleigh (SLR) is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses. Shop Local Raleigh is about connecting, supporting, and growing independent businesses to strengthen and enrich our community. SLR currently serves over 1000 locally owned and independent businesses.

SLR welcomes local, independently owned businesses throughout Wake County. Businesses and consumers can learn more at


About ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham

The only local news station with three downtown newsrooms (Raleigh/Fayetteville/Durham), ABC11 Eyewitness News provides 47.5 hours of local news every week, serving more than 1 million households in a 23-county area in North Carolina and Virginia. Eyewitness News also provides news, weather and sports information 24 hours a day on, the ABC11 mobile news app and the new connected TV app available on Roku, Fire, Apple, and Android TVs. ABC11 WTVD is one of eight ABC Owned Stations as part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution division. For more information, go to






Media Contact: Jennifer Martin: or 919-755-9235