Thanksgiving is an opportunity to gather with friends and family and informally kick off the Christmas holiday season. For many, this means an annual visit to the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Being a part of this local tradition is a great way to enjoy a Thanksgiving morning, while also looking ahead to the coming holiday season. With everything from celebrity sightings to giant balloons, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The annual event enters its historic 85th year, and will feature floats, giant balloon characters, marching bands of all kinds, horseback riders and many celebrity guests as they travel the U-shaped route, starting at Hollywood and Orange and concluding at Sunset and Orange. Free curbside seating is available to those arriving early enough to secure a spot, however, reserved grandstand seats can be purchased with proceeds going to Toys for Tots. The reserved seats offer an opportunity to be seen on camera when the parade airs in mid-December.
This Thanksgiving locals and visitors alike will join the Grand Marshall, Olivia Newton John in this classic holiday parade. Additional celebrity hosts this year will include Laura McKenzie, Erik Estrada, Dean Cain, Garrett Clayton, Elizabeth Stanton and Montel Williams. There will also be a number of celebrity guests in attendance, including US Congressman Adam Schiff, actress Adriana Fonseca, daytime actor Bradford Anderson, actress Brec Bassinger, actor Brett Dier, daytime actor Bryton James, singer songwriter Cassidy Diana, actress Chrissie Fit, daytime star Christel Khalil and of course a visit from the one and only Santa Claus. Some of the parade balloon characters that will line the streets this year are Dr. Seuss’s Thing 1 and Thing 2, the Penguins of Madagascar, Pac Man, the Grinch, Gumby and many more.
Those in attendance will enjoy performances presented by many local marching bands from high schools and other groups throughout the LA area. The event will also include live musical performances (with headliners to be announced shortly) taking place across two stages. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation.
The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour special on the CW Network on December 16th at 8pm, with repeated airings on the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel at dates to be announced. The parade will also be aired to over a million American servicemen and women serving throughout the world on the American Forces Network.
The Hollywood Parade is a perfect way to celebrate a warm sunny Thanksgiving. People of all ages can come together to enjoy the giant balloons, musical acts, marching bands, celebrity sightings and much more. There is even an opportunity to see your face on television! What better way to spend your holiday!
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