Stevie Wonder, Billy Ray Cyrus, Goo Goo Dolls, Richie Sambora and more all on Dec 1, 2013 in Hollywood California, live concert performances by some of the biggest icons in the world of entertainment caroling, kicked off the 82nd Hollywood Christmas Parade at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. benefiting Toys For Tots with true pomp and circumstance.
Hosted by Eric Estrada and Laura McKenzie along with special celebrity hosts Montel Williams and Dean Cain provided two hours of non-stop entertainment with U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, award winning bands , celebrities, vintage prop cars and ginormous inflatables including one of Grand Marshall Buzz Aldrin.
The Young and the Restless Cast received a special tribute celebrating 40 years in daytime drama television.
Diversity News TV had the youngest host on the carpet, Carlina Rebeiro Miss Westchester Teen California USA 2014 interviewing Billy Ray Cyrus, Coco Brown, and The Amazing Olate Dogs with a special performance on Hollywood Blvd, these dogs recently featured on Good Day L.A., back flip, walk on their hind paws on demand and perform various tricks.
A star studded Redcarpet including William Shatner, Montell Williams, Valerie Harper, Tony Dow, the cast of Young and The Restless, General Hospital and more. Live media coverage including Getty Images, Splash Magazines, Extra, Partyby5, Diversity News TV and more.
Hosts Erik Estrada, Laura and Montel presented Mayor Eric Garcetti with the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award; Mayor Eric Garcetti presented the Disabled American Veterans award to National Commander Joseph Johnston; Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell presented the Toys for Tots award to General Osman as well as the Buzz Aldrin award; and Councilmember Tom LaBonge presented the “Most Inspirational Person of the Year” award to actress Valerie Harper.
Now bigger and better than ever before, the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is a nationwide primetime television event, premiering as a two-hour special December 11th on Hallmark Channel with two runs on the Hallmark Movie Channel on December 20th and 24th. The show will be broadcast throughout the holiday season on more than 350 stations including KTLA in Los Angeles on December 20th from 8-10 p.m. It will also air to over 1 million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Television Network.
About Toys For Tots:
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.
Photo stills by Gisele Ozeri, view slideshow of entire parade on Partyby5