Greater Raleigh Merchants Association Raleigh Christmas Parade

The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association (GRMA) and Shop Local Raleigh (SLR) are looking for local artists to submit design ideas for the 67th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas parade. The WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade Contest, sponsored by GRMA/SLR, will be accepting submissions from area artists from August 29, 2011 – September 26, 2011.

The winning design will receive $300 in cash, sponsored by Frameworks Gallery & Frame Design, Inc., member of SLR. The winning design will be used on the organization’s first official parade t-shirt, poster, and promotional items. The t-shirts will be worn by volunteers and sold to the public on the day of the parade held on Nov. 19 in downtown Raleigh.

“The Go Local message is a great unifying message for the Raleigh community and the new t-shirt will be a fun way to show your support,” says Emily Younger Wells, Board Member of GRMA/SLR.

Artists are asked to visit for rules and for submissions. The winning design will be selected by the GRMA parade committee.

For more information on the contest or to become a member of GRMA, log on to or contact Jennifer Bradshaw, GRMA Director at 919-755-9235 or

About the Raleigh Christmas Parade
The Raleigh Christmas Parade will feature three giant helium balloons, approximately 35 floats, 20 marching bands and a number of other entertaining acts.

Drawing an estimated 60,000 spectators from across the state to downtown Raleigh and reaching more than 250,000 through television and live video streaming on, the parade is the largest single-day event in Raleigh each year. It is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

About GRMA
The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association promotes the growth and sustainability of local businesses. For more information, visit