Next month, Scotty McCreery will serve as the grand marshal for the Raleigh Christmas Parade. WRAL-TV reports that the 'American Idol' winner is moved by the invite. Part of what makes the singer so endearing is his unwavering commitment to give back to the people who gave him so much.

In a statement, McCreery says the Raleigh Christmas Parade was a family tradition. "We went with some family friends and it was freezing cold, so we brought a bunch of blankets," he shares. "It was always fun, and it’s a good time for the community, so it’s cool to be a part of it."

Over 60,000 people will line the streets of downtown Raleigh for the November 19 parade. It's the largest of its kind between Atlanta and Washington D.C.

Since winning the reality show in May, the singer has consistently remembered where he came from. Not only does he mention Garner, N.C. every chance he gets, but he's also supported local charities, performed for free at local venues, turned up for high school football games and been very accessible to local media.

"The support I've received from my hometown over the last year has meant so much to me," McCreery says. "They have been by my side since day one. We took them on a journey with us; they were along for the ride with me. So it’s nice to see them back home, still supporting me."