It was so great to experience live one of the largest Christmas celebrations in the US, The 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday December 1stpresented by Associated Television International. The event hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams. The Grand Marshal of the Parade is Buzz Aldrin, the second man to ever walk to the moon. The Parade benefit TOYS FOR TOTS with a special salute to DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS.
Started at 4pm with very interesting star-studded red carpet arrivals from various celebrities; from the Mayor to TV series stars from Young & Restless, General Hospital, Bold and Beautiful, Dog With a Blog, Disney’s Character and many others. Followed by super performances at the concert prior to the parade from Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Ray Cyrus, William Shatner, Kenny Loggins, Daughtery, Goo Goo Dolls, Richie Sambora, The McLain Sisters.
The parade kicked-off at 6pm with Marine Corps Color Guard as the first line-up followed by over 55 celebrities from Special TV Shout-Outs, A Special Tribute to stars of The Young and The Restless, over 15 Marching bands and 7 Equestrians from all over States. Also in the Parade giant balloons of Astronaut, My Little Pony, Norton The Elephant, Super Grover and Jokey Smurf, classic cars and characters who invite hysteria from the younger crowds.
Event sponsors included on the parade are Archibald Mouse, Disney’s Lone Ranger, Elf on The Shelf, Glee Club Australia, Hollywood Hotels, Knott’s Berry Farm, Tonka, Venetian, Madame Tussaud, Thomas The Tank Engine, Vons Safeway and Wells Fargo.
Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell awarded the Toys for Tots Award to General Osman and the Buzz Aldrin Award was presented by them as well. Tom LaBonge also presented the "Most Inspirational Person of the Year" award to actress Valerie Harper. The Outstanding Citizen award was presented to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Disabled Americen Award went to Joseph Johnston.
The Parade is a Hollywood tradition for over 80 years, millions of people have come out to Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the entertainment capital of the world in the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. This star-studded event has been the center of the holiday celebrations in Tinsel Town for more than eight decades, with the best in family entertainment – a tradition that children of all ages look forward to every holiday season.
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.