The 81st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
Posted by Katherine Noland on Nov 25, 2012 - 8:49:08 PM
HOLLYWOOD HILLS—This Sunday, December 2, Tinsel town
hosted its 81st annual holiday parade where thousands of people gathered for
the 3.5-mile route down Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street, and Sunset Boulevard.
The Hollywood Christmas parade takes place annually on the Sunday
after Thanksgiving, and commenced this year at 6:30 p.m. The parade started off
at the corner of Orange and Hollywood Boulevard, taking a U-Shaped route that
ended west on Sunset Boulevard and back to Orange.
The grand marshal this year was Joe Mantegna (“Joan of Arcadia,”
“The Godfather: Part III,” and “Criminal Minds”), and was accompanied by
broadcast hosts Erik Estrada “CHiPs” and Laura McKenzie “Traveler." Dean
Cain of “Lois & Clark” hosted the event’s music portion this year.
In addition to celebrity appearances, the parade consisted of the
Long Beach Junior Band Concert, the Gadsden Elementary School Marching Band
from San Luis Arizona, and the Victoria Rose Ladies Riding Society with their
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