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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Paparazzi Comedy was hosted by Kente Scott (BET, Comedy Central, Antwon Fisher). The headliner of the night was Kristi McHugh (Laugh Factory, Improv, Ice House, Las Vegas Hard Rock Café) and some of the following comedians were featured Janet Rousseau (actress & comedian, The Division, In The House, Strong Medicine, Sparks, featured in the movie A Women’s Choice on www.Thirdreel.com by Mekhi Phifer), Jonas Garvin (Rock & Roll the Movie, Tyra Banks Show, Laugh Factory, Ice House, Improv, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club) and Stevie Mack (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Stevie Mack Radio).
Some of the celebrities and personalities the attended the event were Audrey Genevieve Holland ( Dream Works, Laika), Jackie Pucci, Joslyn Pennywell (America’s Next Top Model), Kyle Anderson, Dustin McKamie and Kristi Hatsell.
Paparazzi Comedy “California Gurls” is schedule for every last Thursday of the month at Club Canal located at 2025 Pacific Avenue inVenice, California 90291.
The event is Free if you arrive before 8:00 pm and if you RSVP to PaparazzziComedy@yahoo.com, otherwise $5 cover charge after. Happy Hour Drinks and food prices until 10:00 pm. The event was produced by Gisele Rebeiro (Martin Lawrence Rebound, Celebrity Photographer Splash News/PR Photos).
Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 by Celebrity Photographer Gisele Reibeiro from PartyBy5.com & PrPhotos.com
The line to the Highlands Night Club was long, from the entrance to the venue to the electric stairs. Lots of actors, actress, publicists, agents, managers, recording artists and media representatives watched history unveil at David Harrison Levi’s Pre-Grammy and Birthday Celebration to raise Cancer Awareness and benefit Toys for Tots.
“The evening was filled with Love, Fun & Excitement. David did a very Honorable thing by sharing his birthday with both Toys for Tots & Breast Cancer Awareness. Everyone there seemed really happy to come together as a Community to celebrate this ‘Joyful’ occasion.” Said Tish “Tha Dish” Roberts, Actress.
Lots of things were happening inside the highland. Many of those who wanted to get their picture taken and be interviewed walked to the patio on 3 red carpets ready to be set up, and others went to get ready for the stage performance. There was so much happening that it was hard to catch all the movements, so we will highlight some of them. David Harrison Levi opened the night by welcoming everyone and introducing recording artists to perform, while others made a line for the red carpet.
“I am honored that somebody feels the need to publicly acknowledge my efforts in supporting this great city in any way I can. Change always bothers somebody but I can’t let that stop me in my goal in helping stop run-away film productions and businesses.” Said Tony Boldi, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood. He continue “Parking is also a huge problem for the tax paying and voting citizens as well as many other issues I have openly discussed. I know it’s a long road but have the support of many and feel the need to say something with or without a title…hope this helps shed some light on the issue.”
Per Mr. Harrison, over 2100 people attended to celebrate his event at the Highlands, including over 80 media outlets representatives. The event was held from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM at The Highlands Nightclub on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd 4TH Floor Hollywood, CA 90028.
Some of the celebrities and personalities who attended the event were: Actress Tish Roberts from (“Stand In”, NBC’S hit T.V. show “Community”, “Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior”, “True Blood” and “Lie To Me” with Tim Roth) with producer /DJ Trevi, Actress Thushari Jayasekera (play role as Pinky on NBC’s Outsourced TV Show), John Carvalho, Ph.D. (Advocate for the LGBT Arts, Music and Entertainment Scene; HRC Political Action Committee; CSUDH Senator), Maria Amor (EXOTIFIT), Ernesto J. Higuera (Executive , “Gay Los Angeles”), Michael Westman (Executive , “Gay Los Angeles”), German Angel (CEO, World Video Television), Carlos Anthony (Hollywood Broker Television), Tony Boldi (Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, California), Hayavi Moradi (International DJ/Agent/Producer and Promoter), Kris Searle (Grammy Nominee Considered International Recording Artist and Four Time Los Angeles Music Award Winner), Pepper MaShay (International DIVA), Willie Ames (Los Angeles Music Award Winning Recording Artist), Rob EC (Electropop Recording Artist and Member of the Recording Academy), Michael Donahue (Movie Director), Tom Tangen (Movie Producer/Actor), Trey McCurley (Actor), Eric Rowland (Recording Artist), Justin Chase (Recording Artist), Lui Attanasi (Recording Artist), Ivan Strada (Recording Artist), Charles Anthony (Co-Producer WeHo Knights Television; Recording Artist), Collen Henderson (West Hollywood Real Estate Agent), Murray Swanby (Events Host for Planet Salon), Scotty Aspen (Fox Television), Chad Evans, Ryan Pasquelatto, Jeffrey Paine (West Hollywood Real Estate Agent), Tyrone Power (celebrity-cocoon movies), Carla Power, Ray M. Quiroga (Producer/Actor), Norma A. G. Quiroga , Michael Quiroga, Steven Woo (Co-producer, Motion Picture “The Extra”), Jimmy Dux (Model), Yessica Hernandez (Singer), Marielena Castaneda (Actress), Lucino Ortiz (Assistant to Model), Ladd Jackson, Ian Shapiro, Jon Roo, Mirella Orduno (Actress), Fernando Gonzalez (Financial Investor for movies), Miriam Ayala Cesena (Actress), Rebeca Lopez (Artist), Fernando Trujillo (Artist), Parris Harris (Fashion Designer),Travis Jourdain (Celebrity Photographer), Jeff Knight (Celebrity Photographer), The Sydney Collection, Tom Slack (Producer; Recording Artist), Eric Ronald Kandell (Fashion Model), Eric Zuley (EZ TV), Patty McCall (author of Unmasking the Pain Within, Actress/Producer), Dr. Mark Valinsky (Actor/Producer/Photographer), Stephanie Weaver (Film distributor), Justin Keisel, Stuart Guest (Recording Artist), Cher Rue (Actress) and Andre Agazaryan (Actor).
“The Grammy Awards Pre-Party at The Highlands-Kodak Theater was a success by any standard. In the words of Actor Michael Quiroga, ‘it was a great introduction to Hollywood culture!’ Indeed, security informed me on the night of the event that an incredible 2,132 people attended, which is a significant number given that most were Hollywood celebrities, political dignitaries, and entertainment industry professionals. Members of the Screen Actors Guild and Lions Club attended, as did a wealth of actors, recording artists (including members of the Grammys), movie directors and producers. The performances by DIVA Pepper MaShay and Ditch were excellent, and the “Sydney Collection” fashion show was stunning and well orchestrated by Parris Harris. I want to congratulate Tony Boldi for receiving the Honorary Mayorship of Hollywood and David Harrison Levi for putting on such an exciting, marquee red carpet event. I also want to give a special thanks to the West Hollywood LGBT community that came out in droves to attend. Finally, a special shout out is deserved for Steven Escobar and Diversity News Magazine, German Angel and World Video Television, Hollywood Broker TV, AK Photography, Celebrity Photographer Travis Jourdain, and Ernesto J. Higuera and Michael Westman, whose photographs and media coverage made the event come alive!” Said Dr. John Carvalho (Advocate for the LGBT Arts, Music and Entertainment Scene in West Hollywood, HRC PAC, CSUDH Senator).
“I believe tonight’s event at the Highlands is an excellent way that up and coming artists in the entertainment industry can meet advanced professionals and collaborate on projects that will promote and enhance their careers. The economy has hit the nation hard, and it is events like these that help to reenergize the entertainment industry and further the lives of younger artists. In addition, David Levi is promoting breast cancer awareness, which is a worthy cause we can all agree to support.” Dr. Carvalho concluded.
“My Pre-Grammy Awards Birthday Extravaganza attended by almost 2500 friends was successful in that it sent an important message throughout Facebook, MySpace, Twitter etc. that the “REAL” message of the event was raising awareness to breast cancer. Each time a lady see’s this status, it clearly sends a positive reminder to have an annual check-up – that early diagnosis & proper treatment saves lives. I have so many beautiful friends who have been diagnosed, treated & remain Stage 4 Breast Cancer Survivors but some are NOT so lucky! my mission is simple ” I want to see an END to cancer ~ I am tired & saddened by the loss of so many beautiful friends & family members ~ Early detection IS the key to saving lives! When I pass on, I would like to be remembered for the “good” I tried to do while on Earth. I ask that You don’t believe in me but believe in my cause I am so very passionate about. Cancer is killing our family & friends. It is affecting 1 out of every 8 men, women & children, globally and Awareness IS the very key to saving lives. It is with your support that keeps this MOST important message alive. We are all in this together! Life is short – be good to one another! Peace” Said David Harrison Levi – STARMAKER. Mr. Harrison concluded, “In addition we were able to collect some 600 toys & canned food items for the USMC Toys For Tots & the Los Angeles Mission – so YES It was a VERY successful event”.
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On November 28, 2010 The Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots was held in Hollywood, CA and featured Television Icon and Emmy Award, Peabody Award, Cable ACE Award winner and Host of CNN’s Larry King as the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2010 Grand Marshal.
Him and his wife attended the red carpet and then the parade was held in Hollywood, CA. The event was held from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the center of Hollywood by the Hollywood Stars Walk of Fame. The 2010 Hollywood Christmas Parade was hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie.
Other Celebrities and VIP’s the attended were, including Santa Claus. Some of them are:
Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day), Michael Gogin, Nolan Gould, Jimmy Bennett,
Eric Garcetti, President, Los Angeles City Council and Chris Harrison (The Bachelor).
Also Kate Linder, Julia Pace Mitchell and Melody Thomas Scott, Stars from CBS’s (The Young and the Restless)
Fivel and Boo Boo Stewart (Twilight – Eclipse)
The Hollywood Christmas Parade did a U-shaped route throughout Hollywood, CA starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling East onto Hollywood Boulevard turning South onto Vine Street, and then traveling West onto Sunset Boulevard back to Orange Street.
For more information about The 2010 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots,please visit their official parade’s website at,www.TheHollywoodChristmasParade.com
About Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Photos Courtesy of Daniela Hubbard, Rodrigo Vaz, Gisele Reibeiro and Mark Valinsky. (C) 2010 Diversity News Publications and for Examiner.com All Rights Are Reserved. For Licensing please email email@example.com Copy Rights Violations are punishable by local, state, federal and national laws.
Editor’s Note: Hollywood Events Examiner for Examiner.com and Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications were there with professional photographers on the ground covering the red carpet and parade event. Special thank you to publicist Steve Moyer of Steve Moyer Public Relations for providing credentials for our staff to cover this Hollywood event tradition.