Sylvia Wiggins, Director of Helping Hand Mission to be honored as the 78th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade Grand Marshal on November 19, 2022 in Raleigh, NC. 

“Sylivia Wiggins has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal for all of her selfless service to our community. Sylvia works tirelessly to find heaters in the winter and fans in the summer for so many in our area. She works to help feed many and she mentors our future young leaders.”

When Sylvia was asked to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal, she burst into loud cheers and gratefulness saying she would make Raleigh proud. She loves this community and is honored to be asked to serve.

The mile long parade will feature 130 entries, including energizing bands, themed floats, super-sized balloons, marchers, twirlers, and guarantees an experience for all ages! Come out early to select your viewing spot and don’t forget your cameras to capture all of the memories you will be making. For those that can’t make the parade in person, it will be televised live and streamed on, the ABC11 mobile news app and the new connected TV app available on Roku, Fire, Apple, and Android TVs. The parade will begin at 9:30am on ABC11. The parade will be rebroadcast on Christmas Day. 

About the Parade: 

Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, this annual event is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington D.C. where an estimated 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 cancelled due to the Novel Coronavirus.

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.

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