Last week to go see and meet The Queen and the Royal Court for the 51th Season of The Renaissance Faire.
It was a hot day on Mother’s day, but the crowd showed up. Plenty of Moms came to have some fun at the Renaissance Fair with their families and enjoyed what the fair had to offer. Many came from all over Los Angeles. Also some they came as far from San Diego and Ventura County. With plenty of activities, games crafts, music and performances, this event is ideal for adults and kids. The fair will be open thru the weekend of May 18th and 19th.
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire is held at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA., from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.
On Sunday, May 19th should be special day as they will celebrate the last day of the fair and the 51st Anniversary Season carrying on the tradition closing Day Parade.
Tickets for The Renaissance Pleasure Faire are $25 for adults and $15 for children aged 5-12. Children 4 and under are always free. Adult season passes are $125 and a child’s season pass is $60. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.renfair.com. The sevenweek Faire is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 in the morn til 7 eventide April 6 – May 19 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA. A Vehicle Entry fee of $10 is charged by Los Angeles County. For more information, visit www.renfair.com.
About The Renaissance Pleasure Faire:
Begun in 1963 in Agoura, near Malibu, to create “living history” for schoolchildren and their families, the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire has grown into an annual interactive playground and gallery for over 200,000 participants and guests. It has given birth to an industry nationwide and this year is more fun and exciting than ever.
This Southern California Faire has traveled a bit since Agoura. The Glen Helen Pavilion provided two different settings in Devore (in San Bernadino County) where the Faire spent many years. Shortly after the turn of the Century, the Faire moved back to Los Angeles County, to its current home at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, a United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Facility and a unit of County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation System in Irwindale, CA.
Since its inception, more than 5 million people from around the world have visited Southern California’s Renaissance Pleasure Faire, averaging approximately 20,000 each weekend. For more information visit http://www.renfair.com/socal/index.asp
Photos and article by Francois Palais from Francois Palais Photography for Diversity News Magazine.
Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine wants to thanks the management and staff at The Renaissance Pleasure Faire for giving our team the great opportunity in covering this year season.
Marie Osmond named Grand Marshal of 80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys For Tots
On Monday, November 14, 2011 Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC announced that Television/Film Star and Grammy Award Nominated Recording Artist, MARIE OSMOND (“Paper Roses,” “Donnie & Marie Show,” “Dancing With The Stars,” Children’s Miracle Network) will reign as the Grand Marshal of the historic 80th Anniversary Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots, to be presented by The City of Los Angeles and Associated Television International, and produced by Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC live in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
“I know the song is ‘Hooray for Hollywood,’ but, personally, I’m cheering about being invited to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade. I always get in the holiday spirit as soon as the Halloween décor is put away, so I will be in full Christmas celebration-mode by November 27th. See you on the Boulevard.” said Marie Osmond.
Erik Estrada (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “CHiPS”) and Laura McKenzie (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler”) will serve as Broadcast Hosts of the parade and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”) will serve as Host of the music portion of the nationally televised special of the parade airing on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 12, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time/Pacific Standard Time) and 5:00 p.m. (Central Time).
“This year will mark a historic moment for The Hollywood Christmas Parade. We plan to pull out all the stops this year and celebrate big time. We anticipate attendance at this year’s parade to set the all time record. It will be one of the most momentous occasions in the parade’s 80 year history.” said Bill Lomas, producer of the live parade and president of Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC.
The parade is then scheduled to air on additional days and times throughout the holiday season on the Hallmark Channel, the Hallmark Movie Channel and in syndication across the country. For exact air dates and times, please check local television listings and visit the website, www.hollywoodchristmasparade2011.com.
The 80th Anniversary Hollywood Christmas Parade Participants Will Include:
Bands: Agua Fria High School Marching Band (Avondale, AZ) and Verrado High School Marching Band (Buckeye, AZ); Banning High School Mighty Marching Pilots (Wilmington, CA); Beckman High School Band (Tustin, CA); Centennial High School Band (Corona, CA); Emerald Society Pipe Band (Los Angeles, CA); Gasden School District Band (San Luis, AZ); Lafayette Jefferson High School Band (Lafayette, IN); Long Beach Junior Concert Band (Long Beach, CA); Mayfair High School Band (Lakewood, CA); Porterville High School Band (Porterville, CA); Santa Ana Winds Youth Band (Orange County, CA); United States Marine Corps Band (San Diego, CA); Villa Park High School Band (Villa Park, CA); Walnut High School Band (Walnut, CA) and Yorba Linda High School Band (Yorba Linda, CA).
Equestrians: Broken Horn Ropers; Buffalo Soldiers; C-Star Riders; Mario’s Andalusians; Painted Ladies Drill Team; Rancho La Laguna; Realms of Ravens; Southern California Peruvian Horse Club and United States Marshal Posse.
Features: American Chinese Cultural Association; Pacific American Volunteer Association and Wells Fargo Stagecoach.
Balloons: Pirate and Treasure Chest (Galaxy Press); Astronaut; Flag; Cowboy; Dog; Elmo; Ginger Bread Kids; Kermit The Frog; Oscar The Grouch and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.
Character/Novelties: Archibald Mouse; Cool Cat; Power Rangers (Saban Brands); Twin America; Sister Cities; Po from King Fu Panda 2 (Paramount Pictures).
Celebrity participants in the parade will soon be announced.
Grand Marshals, Celebrities and VIPs who have appeared in The Hollywood Christmas Parade during the last 80 years include: Buzz Aldrin, Rosanne and Tom Arnold, Bob Barker, Michael Bolton, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, David Copperfield, Tony Danza, Sammy Davis, Jr., Cecil B. DeMille, Peter Fonda, City of Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti, Louis Gossett, Jr., Johnny Grant, Kathy Griffin, David Hasselhoff, Charlton Heston, Bob and Delores Hope, Ron Howard, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels, Toby Keith, Larry King, Eartha Kitt, City of Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge, George Lopez, Susan Lucci, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Frankie Muniz, 98 Degrees, Edward James Olmos, Hayden Pantierre, Regis and Joy Philbin, Helen Reddy, Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans, Mickey and Jan Rooney, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Santa Claus, John Schneider, Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Shatner, Jimmy Stewart, The Simpsons, Ashley Tisdale, City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and many others.
This year there are two great packages being offered. The first is “Santa’s Package” which includes a ticket to Madame Tussauds Hollywood and the Grandstand Seat for $45 (a value of $60). Or, the second option is to purchase a Grandstand Seat alone for $35 per ticket.
All seats are reserved at the time the order is placed. There are no refunds or exchanges. Group Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To order tickets, please call toll free at 1-866-PARADE1 (866-727-2331).
Parade Road Closures:
Saturday, November 26, 2011:
- 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning Hollywood Boulevard from Orange Street to Highland Avenue
- Orange Street from Hollywood Boulevard South to the alley North of Hawthorne Street
- Re-opening Monday, November 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
- Hollywood Boulevard from LaBrea Avenue to Orange Street 6:00 a.m.
Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
- Hawthorne Avenue, DeLongpre Avenue, Fountain Avenue from LaBrea Avenue to Highland Avenue at 1:00 p.m. Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- El Cerrito Place from Hollywood Boulevard to Franklin Avenue at 1:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 8:00 p.m.
- Sycamore Street, Orange Street from Franklin Avenue to Fountain Avenue at
1:00 p.m. Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- Sunset Boulevard from LaBrea Avenue to Highland Avenue at 1:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
- East side of LaBrea Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard at 4:00 p.m. Re-opening at 7:00 p.m.
- Highland Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard at 4:00 p.m. Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Gower Street at 4:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- Vine Street from Franklin Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard at 4:00 p.m.
Re-opening 9:00 p.m.
- Sunset Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Gower Street at 4:00 p.m. Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- Sunset Boulevard from Highland Avenue to LaBrea Avenue at 3:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
Freeway Closures: Hollywood Freeway, Highway 101
- Northbound and Southbound off ramps from Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue will be closed at 3:00 p.m. Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
No Parking Posting:
- On Thursday, November 24, 2011 posting will begin on those streets that will be designated NO PARKING for Saturday, November 26, 2011, Sunday, November 27, 2011 through Monday morning, November 28, 2011.
Sources: Steve Moyer Public Relations & Diversity News Publications
Photos credit to: Bill Livingston, Steve Moyer Public Relations & Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC & last year Hollywood Christmas Parade 2010 slide photos are courtesy of Daniela Hubbard, Rodrigo Vaz, Gisele Reibeiro and Mark Valinksky.
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