Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade: November 26, 2015
Formally known as Hollywood Santa Parade or Santa Claus Lane Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is an event that takes place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and is scheduled on November 26, 2015. Apart from its participants, the parade follows a 3.5-mile route along Sunset Boulevard, featuring top celebrities, politicians and prominent personalities from the United States and across the world.
Millions of people have been flocking to Hollywood Boulevard every year since 1928 to come and celebrate entertainment capital during the Hollywood Christmas Parade. With top celebrities in attendance, this event happens to be the most entertaining family occasion where fans are assured of meeting their favorite stars.
You can’t afford to miss this year’s event where there will be marching bands with star treatments in the parade’s telecast zone as they along the world’s biggest red carpet in the city of entertainment. While the bands are a highlight of the parade, you will also have an opportunity to meet giant character balloons as well as floats and movie stars.
Starting from Hollywood Boulevard at Orange, the parade goes all the way to the Heart of Hollywood. This happens to be a U-shaped route that travels east to Vine, southward on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, and finally back to Orange.
Being an essential part of Los Angeles kitsch, the 83rd Hollywood Parade will be hosted by Laura McKenzie along with Erik Estrada. There will be plenty of reserved grandstand seats which can be purchased at the event’s official website TheHollywoodChristmasParade.org. Also available will be free curbside seating and proceeds going to Toys for tots.
The legendary event that is filled with history has in the recent past featured celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr, Roy Rogers, Charlton Heston, William Shatner and Mickey Mouse.
From 1928, Hollywood merchants converted a one-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard into “Santa Claus Lane” with an intention of increasing shopping. A daily parade featuring Santa Claus and a film star was part of the promotion. Originally referred to as Santa Claus Lane Parade the inaugural event only featured Santa Claus and the actress Jeanette Loff.
It was in 1946 when Grand Marshal Gene Autry heard kids chanting “Here Comes Santa Claus,” that he got inspired to co-write the classic song “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane).
The growth of the parade gained momentum in the following years with the assistance of local community and business owners. Santa Claus rode a truck-pulled float in 1931 unlike the reindeer-pulled carriage during the previous years.
After being suspended from 1942 to 1944 because of World War II, the event reopened in 1945 with record attendance. The parade continued to gain momentum in 1950s to 70’s, with more floats, bands, animals, bands and celebrities flocking the event every year. In 1978, the parade was renamed the Hollywood Christmas Parade in an effort to attract more celebrities and was featured in local TV shows throughout the month of December. It is also during this period that the parade’s scheduling was shifted from Thanksgiving Eve to the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Spectacular Holiday Season
Penn & Teller have decided to make the 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade extra magical by signing on as Grand Marshalls for the annual event. The magicians/entertainers who are also stars of CW’s Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” will be overseeing the festivities with a live event tape for television that will be presented and produced by Associated Television International (ATI).
According to ATI president Jim Romanovich, they are excited once again to be a part of the Hollywood Christmas Parade as a major traditional holiday event of all time, which millions of families enjoy every year. Romanovich added that they are particularly gratified to have both the CW and Hallmark as their television partners. He also notes that they are equally thrilled to have partnered with other media partners, including Radio Disney, KOST, and Entertainment Tonight among many more. Marine Tots for Toys program will be providing gifts to less fortunate children all over, according to Jim.
Millions to Enjoy
Apart from Erik Estrada and McKenzie, Montel Williams and Dean Cain will also be co-hosting the parade, which is scheduled to start from 5 p.m. on Nov 29, 2015. A two-hour special will be airing at 8 p.m. Dec 11 on CW while Hallmark will be featuring multiple runs starting from Dec. 19 on their Hallmark Movies & Mysterious channel. Over one million American servicemen and women in different parts of the world won’t miss the event as it will be aired worldwide on American Forces Network.
Among top celebrities that will feature during this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade include:
- Oscar De La Hoya: An Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world boxing champion who has been inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
- Eric Garcetti: The 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles whose agenda is focused on job creation and solving daily problems facing L.A. residents.
- Adriana Fonseca: An actress who has featured in several TV shows including “Corazon Va-liente.” She has also won the award for Rostro Del Ano.
- Mark Steines: An Emmy award-winning journalist who hosts Hallmark Channel’s new “Home & Family” and “how to” show.
- Christina Ferrare: A model, actress, author and television host who co-hosts Hallmark’ “Home & Family”
- Brec Bassinger: She stars as Bella and was Little Miss World in 2009.
- Cassidy Diana: A singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist specializing in pop and country music.
There is no point of missing out this year’s Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade for those spectacular scenes you have missed. It’s an opportunity to meet top celebrities and bands at the longest red carpet in the world.