Fayetteville Street is a major street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. It is a north-south thoroughfare that connects the State Capitol to the Raleigh Convention Center and the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. It is the City of Raleigh's ceremonial center, hosting parades and seasonal celebrations. Fayetteville Street hosts the annual Holidays Parade in Raleigh on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day. The street also plays host to other city-sponsored events such as the City's New Years Eve celebration called First Night and the Raleigh Wide Open - an annual event celebrating the reopening of the street. Private-sector sponsored events also draw spectators to the City's ceremonial core.