Marie Osmond Attends The 80th Anniversary Hollywood Christmas Parade 2011 Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots
The event was held from 4:00 pm staring with the celebrities red carpet arrivals and the parade started live at 6:00 pm from Hollywood California. Bill Lomas, Producer of the live parade and President of Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC.
Some of the celebrities the attended the event were Quinton Aaron, Santa Claus, Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Laura McKenzie, Booboo Stewart, Fivel Stewart, Mayor Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa, Lu Parker and Kate Linder.
From the Heart of Hollywood! Starting on Hollywood Blvd at Orange, the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange.
The length of this year’s parade route is two and one half miles. Per event organizers approximately 2,000 people participated in this year’s parade. They featured a 10,000 square feet of Red Carpet on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade is presented annually by Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC, in association with The City of Los Angeles and Associated Television International.
About The Hollywood Christmas Parade: Since 1928, the Hollywood Christmas Parade has been an American tradition for over 80 years! There were three years during wartime when the parade wasn’t presented. The Hollywood Christmas Parade was originally called the Santa Claus Lane Parade. When the American performer Gene Autry, who was known as The Singing Cowboy, was riding on his horse down Hollywood Boulevard in the 1946 Santa Claus Lane Parade, he heard parade spectators in the crowd exclaim, “Here comes Santa Claus!” This incident became the inspiration for Autry to compose the traditional perennial Christmas holiday song, “Here Come’s Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” which he co-wrote with Oakley Haldeman in 1949. Autry first recorded the song in 1947. The song was released as a single by Columbia Records, and became a #5 country and #9 pop hit at the time. Gene Autry is the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one in each of the five categories, Motion Pictures, Radio, Recording, Television and Live Theater. Today the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue, where the Hollywood Christmas Parade begins its two and a half mile route, is named Gene Autry Square. For more information please visit the parade’s official websites, www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com and www.hollywoodchristmasparade2011.com
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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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