A great Hollywood tradition begins at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday when the 91st Hollywood Christmas Parade parades through the streets of the movie capital.
Sunday’s parade will be led by actors Erik Estrada and Dean Cain, along with Montel Williams, Laura McKenzie and Elizabeth Stanton.
Pre-parade entertainment includes the Village People, pop opera singer Anna Azerli and The Grinch. Parade performers include the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and California Springs Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, dancer and singer Paula Abdul, singer Dwight Yoakum, radio host Kerri Kasem, pop duo Aly & AJ and actors Chris Kattan, Craig Robinson, Ernie Hudson, Brandon Routh, Ming-Na Wen, will join them. Denise Richards and Tatyana Ali.
In total, the 5.2-mile route will feature 90 celebrities and VIPs, 14 pre-parade and parade performers, 10 bands, six four-story character balloons, three floats, 39 movie cars and eight new vehicles. The show ends with an appearance by Santa himself and his reindeer.
The parade supports Marine Toys for Tots. The event starts at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, then heads east on Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, south on Vine Street to Sunset Boulevard and then west on Sunset back to Orange.
Retired US Army Col. Paris D. Davis, who received the Medal of Honor in March, nearly 60 years after he was nominated for his heroism in the Vietnam War, will be grand marshal. Davis (84) was one of the first black officers to serve in the army’s elite green ranks. He was recognized for saving two seriously wounded soldiers during an intense battle in the Vietnam War.
Participating local marching bands include the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drums; the Oaxaca Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles; the Golden Valley High School Band of San Clarita; the PAVA World Traditional Korean Band of Los Angeles; the Compton High School Band; and the Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band of Torrance.
The parade has been held every year since 1928, except from 1942 to 1944, when World War II broke out, and in 2020, when it was canceled due to the pandemic. It first took place in 1928 and was then known as the Santa Claus Lane Parade. Comedian Joe E. Brown was the first grand marshal in 1932, a role later taken on by Bob Hope, Gene Autry, Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne, among others.
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