Hollywood rolled out the world’s largest red carpet down Hollywood Blvd on Sunday for it’s 84th Annual Christmas Parade with this year’s theme “The Magic of Christmas” featuring the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation and Grand Marshals Penn and Teller.
Hosted by Eric Estrada and Lauren McKenzie this year’s holiday celebration featured a pre-concert show that included performances by Mark McGrath with his Band of Merrymakers, Daughtry, Ruben Stoddard, Taylor Hicks, India Arie, a duet with Diana Degarmo and Ace Young, Sean Kingston and Clay Aiken. Along with magical performances by Jonathan Pendragon and Michael Turco.
The 84th annual parade offered a plethora of celebrities including Grumpy Cat, novelty characters such as Kung Fu Panda’s Po, Archibald Mouse, Gumby with Clockey family members—local politicians, floats, bands from across the nation as well as around the world, celebrity cars, equestrian units, and 18 giant balloons equal to New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade if not better.
Leading the two and half hour procession was a vintage 1930s Los Angeles Fire Truck sounding its horn followed by a long procession of LAPD motorcycle cops. The parade ended with a grand finale float of Santa on his ginormous sleight blowing a trail of bubbles as he passed the crowd.
The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will be televised as a two-hour special on The CW Network on Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and Pacific Time, and at 7 p.m. Central. The Hallmark Channel will air multiple runs of the parade beginning December 19 on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. Millions of American servicemen and women worldwide can view the parade on the American Forces Network.
For detailed information about this year’s parade event visit: thehollywoodchristmasparade.org.