On Sunday, November 27, 2016, the HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE TELEVISION, LLC (Associated Television International) held their 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, CA.
The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, is the largest Christmas event in America. Olivia Newton-John was the Grand Marshal, musical performances feature were Olivia Newton-John; Cyndi Lauper; Kenny G; WAR; Eric Benét; Scotty McCreery; The Empty Heartssuper group with All Star members from Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kingsand The Romantics; Band Of Merrymakers; and more. The parade showcased a special magic performance by the stars of the CW’s hit series, “Masters of Illusion.”
Olivia Newton-John was named this year’s Grand Marshal, and the event was presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles.
The parade’s telecast was hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton.
The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour primetime special on The CW Network on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT) repeating on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on Wednesday, December 21, 2106 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT (2:00 p.m. CT).
Other parade participants include: 80 celebrities from the casts of “The Bold and The Beautiful”now celebrating their 30 Anniversary, “Days of Our Lives,” “Black-ish,” “Fresh Off The Boat,”Hallmark Channel’s “A Wish For Christmas,” the new show “This Just In,” “Lethal Weapon,” and“School of Rock,” as well as Congressman Adam B. Schiff and City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and David E. Ryu; 17 award-winning bands from around the country; 22 larger then life inflatable balloons; six equestrian units; 56 characters and novelties; and five floats including the man of the season, Santa Claus accompanied by his Marine escorts Sergeant Ruben Rivera and Staff Sergeant Cathleen Barsallo.
The parade, benefiting 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 servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Network. 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.
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