Are you ready for the holiday season? It’s fast approaching with tree lightings all over Los Angeles, and Thanksgiving this week. After all that food and family bonding time on Thanksgiving and checking out all the killer sales on Black Friday, you may be looking for something to help get you into the holiday spirit. Check out the 80th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 27! With dozens of floats, celebrities, live music and balloons, the parade is a great way to welcome in the holiday season!
This year’s parade will be co-hosted by Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada. McKenzie is widely known as a travel expert in the U.S. In 2009 she received an Emmy nomination for her travel television series “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler.” She has won Telly and Davie awards in the past. She co-hosted “American Adventurer” and “World’s Funniest Moments” with Erik Estrada in the past. Erik Estrada starred as Officer Frank Poncherello in the TV series CHiPs. He is also known for the role of Un Camino in the Televisa series Dos Mujeres. Recently, Estrada has become a sworn deputy sheriff in Virginia to show his support of the police force.
This year’s Grand Marshal is Marie Osmond, who started off on “The Andy Williams Show” when she was only three years old. She has performed in Las Vegas and Broadway. She is also a businesswomen and one of the top doll designers in the world. She is co-founder of the Children’s Miracle Network, which helps over 17 million kids every year with its 170 children’s hospitals.
In past, celebrities <Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Hayden Panettiere and “The Office” actors Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery have been in attendance and part of the parade. This year, “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Tiffany Thorton, “Ramona and Beezus” star Sierra McKormick and singer Sha Na Na will attend, among many others. Marching bands from all over California will come to march in the parade and perform holiday songs.
The parade will start at Orange and Hollywood Blvd. traveling east on Hollywood Blvd. to Vine, turning South on Vine to Sunset, and then travel west on Sunset back to Orange. There is lots of free curb space along this route, but if you want comfortable seats, tickets are available for grandstand seating on Hollywood Blvd. for $35. Parking is available at the Hollywood and Highland Center at $2 for the first 2 hours and $10 max. You can also take the Metro Red line to Hollywood & Highland.
For more information on this event, visit their website at www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind holiday event right here in Hollywood!