The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, featuring Marine Toys for Tots with Nancy O’Dell as this year’s Grand Marshall, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. Taped for network television, the live event will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW on Friday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT (7:00 p.m. CT). The Marine Toys for Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere, will also air to more than one million American service men and women worldwide on American Forces Network. The event will be presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles.
A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year, with larger than life inflatable character balloons, award winning bands, colorful equestrians, ornate floats, popular characters/novelties, celebrity filled cars and, of course, Santa Claus making the much heralded trek down the over three mile parade route.
12 Pre-Parade Concert Performers: THE TEARAWAYS (Singing “Stuff Your Stocking”), THE BAND OF MERRYMAKERS (Singing “Christmas Everyday”), MAGICIAN ED ALONZO (Star of The CW’s Primetime Hit Show, Masters of Illusion), MIKALAH GORDON (Singing “Mary Did You Know”), BLAKE LEWIS (Singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman”), CLARE DUNN (Singing “More” and “O Holy Night”), ELLIOTT YAMIN (Singing “This Christmas”), KIMBERLY CALDWELL-HARVEY (Singing “All I Want For Christmas”), DAVID ARCHULETA (Singing “Christmas Everyday” and “Holly Jolly Christmas”), ASHANTI (Singing “Let It Snow”), RUBEN STUDDARD (Singing “Every Year, Every Christmas”), RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! (Special Performance).
4 Additional Appearances (Telecast Only): DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND, THE BEACH BOYS Performing Mike Love’s new single “(You’ll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day”, JANE LYNCH, KATE FLANNERY and TIM DAVIS, LUDACRIS Special Tribute To Marine Toys For Tots.
Pre-Show: Los Angeles Antique Bandwagon/Los Angeles Fire Truck with DELIA IBARRA, ESQ., President of Los Angeles’ Fire Commission)/Los Angeles Fire Department/Vintage Police Cars
5 Live Parade Performances: THE CUBCAKES CREW (Youth Dance Group from Los Angeles, CA), CELTIC IRISH DANCE ACADEMY (Burbank, CA),TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE CADETTES (Athens, TX),CAMP BROADWAY (Award-winning youth theatre company from Venice, CA), 34TH & PHUNK (Skilled Hip-Hop Dancers from across the country).
2 Street Performers: Magicians JIBRIZY and NAATHAN PHAN, Stars of The CW’s Primetime Hit Show, Masters of Illusion, will be performing Christmas Street Magic for Grandstand Ticket Holders).
4 Parade Hosts: ERIK ESTRADA, LAURA MCKENZIE, DEAN CAIN and MONTEL WILLIAMS.
Parade Co-Hosts: ELIZABETH STANTON and GARRETT CLAYTON.
Grand Marshal: NANCY O’DELL, Grand Marshal, The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Featuring Marine Toys For Tots and Entertainment Tonight Television Icon.
56 Celebrities: Santa Claus, The Man of the Season, with United States Marine Corps Escorts Lieutenant Colonel Matthew McDonald and First Sergeant Bill Holodnak,Lieutenant General Pete Osman, President and CEO of Marine Toys for Tots, http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org/toyfortots/ , U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard (l to r) Sergeant Jonathan Espinisa (rifle), Sergeant Antoine D. Coleman (U.S. Flag), Sergeant Umberto Rodriguez (Marine Corps Flag) and Corporal Edgar Uriarte (Rifle), Gunnery Sergeant James Dempsey (Drum Major, Marine Band San Diego), Lieutenant General John F. Thompson (P51 Mustang Mini Jet), Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (13th District, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Council), Councilmember David E. Rye (4th District, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Council), Congressman Adam Schiff (U.S. Representative for California’s 28th Congressional District), State Senator Kevin DeLeón (District 24, State of California), Carl Weber’s “The Family Business” on BET Networks (Ernie Hudson, Star and Executive Producer; Cast Members Darrin Henson, Javicia Leslie, Arrington Foster, Miguel A. Nuñez Jr.; Carl Weber, Creator, Executive Producer and New York Times Author; ND Brown, Executive Producer and Trey Haley, Director), “Leave It To Beaver” (Jerry Mathers), Legends of “General Hospital” (Tristan Rogers, Jackie Zeman, Sean Kanan, Ian Buchanan and Kimberly McCullough), Cast Members from “The Bold & The Beautiful” (Karla Mosley, Annika Noelle, Kiara Barnes and Adain Bradley), Cast Members from “The Young and The Restless” (Kate Linder, Alice Huner and Jordi Vilasuso), Cast Members from “Days of Our Lives” (Deidre Hall, Thaoo Penghlis and Lauren Koslow), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk” created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; International Bodybuilder and Trainer), Burt Ward (Original Robin from “Batman”), Stefanie Powers (William Holden Wildlife Foundation celebrating the Centennial of William Holden), Kelley Johnson (Miss California USA 2018), Stars of Masters of Illusion on The CW Network (Magicians Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy and Naathan Phan), Kerri Kasem (Producer, Writer, Radio Personality and Daughter of the late legendary Casey Kasem). Accompanied by Neiko Alexander, Mark Wallengren (KOST 103.5 FM), David Archuleta (“American Idol,” Season 7), RJ Word (Singer/Songwriter), Kimberly Caldwell-Harvey (“American Idol,” Season 2) and her husband, Jordan Harvey (Major League Soccer Veteran), Sabrina Sieck (Spokesperson for Ripley’s Believe It or Not!) and Guest Art Jansen (a 109-year-old man), Kaitlyn McCormick (“Masha and the Bear”), GUMBY, with Joan Clokey, President of Clokey Productions/Premavision Studios
114 Award-Winning Bands From Around The Country: Marine Band San Diego with U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard (“Hooray For Hollywood” and “Marine Hymn”),Thomas Jefferson High School Jaguar Marching Band (Bloomington, MN),Korean American Youth Performing Artists (KAYPA) (Chino, CA), Carrollton Trojan High School Marching Band now celebrating their 70th Anniversary (Carrollton, GA),The Salvation Army Band (Los Angeles, CA), O’Fallen Township Marching Panthers (O’Fallen, IL), Habersham Central High School Band (Mt. Airy, GA), Northwest Guilford Marching Viking Band (Greensboro, NC), Pacific American Volunteer Association World Traditional Korean Marching Band (PAVA World, Los Angeles, CA), El Roble Intermediate School Marching Band and Color Guard (Claremont, CA), Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums (an Irish pipe band from Los Angeles, CA), Summit High School (Fontana, CA), Chatfield Senior High “Charger” Marching Band (Littleton, CO), Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band (Torrance, CA).
8 Larger Than Life Inflatable Character Balloons: Cat In The Hat (Sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and Wrangled by Air Force),GUMBY (Sponsored by GUMBY and Wrangled by American Legion Auxiliary Hollywood, Unit 43),Toy Soldier (Sponsored and Wrangled by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!),Penguins of Madagascar (Sponsored by Variety and Wrangled by Kiwanis),Pirate and Chest (Sponsored and Wrangled by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press), Grinch (Sponsored and Wrangled by Unified Young Armenians with Dancers from Gevorkian Dance Academy and Vanoush Khanamirian Dance School, Dhol Armenian Drummers and Flags of the United States, California, Artsakh and Armenia), Nutcracker (Sponsored and Wrangled by Easy Choice Health Care)
4 Equestrian Units: Knott’s Merry Farm (Buena Park, CA) with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy with spokesperson Tim Klega, Express Employment Professionals Present The Express Clydesdales, Broken Horn Ropers (Sponsored by The Broken Horn Saddlery of Baldwin Park, CA),Majestic Acres (Ramona, CA).
50 Characters/Novelties: United States Marine Corps Color Guard, 36 Movie Picture Cars Supplied by Nate Trumans’ Star Center, including: Barmobile with original Robin (Burt Ward), Green Hornet (Black Beauty), CHIPS Motorcycles, Covertte Summer, MAGNUM PI Ferrari, Griswold’s Wagon Queen Family Truckster, TRUE ROMANCE, PIZZA PLANET Truck, Cars Francesa, BACK TO THE FUTURE Deloreon 1, 2 and 3, Marty McFly Toyota Dream Truck, Highway Patrol, MAYBERRY RFD Police Cruisers, STARSKY & HUTCH, DUKES OF HAZZARD, SMOKEY & THE BANDIT, HERBIE THE LOVE BUG, HERBIE, BLUESMOBILE, BAYWATCH Lifeguard Truck (Ski-Doos), KNIGHT RIDER Kitt, KNIGHT RIDER Karr, Mustang Kitt, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE Van, Rad Truck, TRANSFORMERS Bumblebee Original, Bumblebee 2, ITALIAN JOB Mini Cooper, FAST AND FURIOUS Jezebelle, AUSTIN POWERS Shaguar, SCOOBY DOO Mystery Machine, JURUASIC PARK Jeep, JURRASIC PARK Explorer, Sci-Fi UFO/Gotham Patrol Car, United States Air Force Color Guard, P51 Mustang and F16 Mini Jets with Lieutenant General John F. Thompson, GUMBY with Joan Clokey, 501st Legion & Rebel Legions including 189 Characters, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (celebrating their 100th Anniversary) with Spokesperson Sabrina Sieck and 109-Year-Old Man, Art Jensen), Esporesto.com Porsche, The Salvation Army VW Bug, Aquarium of the Pacific, Trolley with International Visitors Council Friends of Sister Cities , Masha and the Bear with Kaitlyn McCormick.
14 Floats: Nebuta Marching Unit and Nebuta Float inspired by the popular Nebuta Festival of Aomori Prefecure, one of the largest and most famous festivals in all of Japan that dates back hundreds of years,The Way To Happiness with Kerri Kasem (Producer, Writer, Radio Personality and Daughter of the late legendary Casey Kasem), The Hanart Chinese Latern Festival, Santa Claus and His Reindeer, ushering in the holiday season, accompanied by two United States Marine Corps escorts, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew McDonald and First Sergeant Bill Holodnak.
16 Parade Sponsors: Marine Toys For Tots, which collects and distributes toys bringing annual holiday cheer to young children worldwide, The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, which has brass bands in worldwide regions known for their charitable work, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Hollywood now celebrating their 100th Anniversary of everything odd, unusual or just plain weird, Masha and The Bear, the animated television series created by Oleg Kuzovkov, starring Kaitlyn McCormick as the English voice of Masha, Easy Choice Health Plan offering a variety of 2019 Medicare Advantage plans , GUMBY – Joan Clokey of Clokey Productions/Premavision Studios carries on Gumby’s 60-year legacy created by Art Clokey, Esposito Porsche Restoration helping you achieve the body you always wanted, Hanart Chinese Lantern Festival now at the Pomona Fairplex through January 6, 2019 with 1000 larger-than-life lanterns, Carvana, where you can buy your next car 100% online, Banc of California, Express Employment Professionals, putting a million people to work annually Present The Express Clydesdales, an eight-horse hitch with each horse weighing 2000 pounds, standing 20 hands high, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, now celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a non-profit dedicated to ocean conservation and education, Torrey Pines Bank, Los Angeles Nebuta Marching Unit and Float inspired by the popular Nebuta Festival of Aomori Prefecture, one of the most famous festivals in Japan, CalPrivate Bank, Knott’s Merry Farm, celebrating the Merry Christmas, Snoopy!
5 Media Sponsors: The CW Network, Entertainment Tonight , Variety , KOST 103.5 FM, POPSTAR!
More About The Hollywood Christmas Parade:
2018 marks the historic 87th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, an American tradition. The parade is produced by Associated Television International and presented in association with The City of Los Angeles on the streets of Hollywood, CA on Sunday, November 25, 2018. The Pre-Parade Concert is from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Parade is from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
During the Red Carpet Arrivals Council member Mitch O’Farrell will present Grand Marshall Nancy O’Dell with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of The City of Los Angeles. Parade Co-Hosts, Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie will present an award to Author Services, Inc. recognizing their 10th Anniversary of hosting the parade and their 10th Anniversary of Stories of the Golden Age, which kicked off at the parade 10 years ago.
The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Featuring Marine Toys For Tots will premiere as a two-hour prime time special on The CW Network on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT) and will be seen on Hallmark after The CW broadcast. The parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on the American Forces Network at 12-Noon on December 25, 2018, Christmas Day.
This parade always gets me ready for the festive holiday season, with all of the joy and merriment. It just kicks the holiday season into full happy mode for me. It would not be the same if I didn’t attend. I just love everything that the parade has to offer.
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