The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Featuring Marine Toys for Tots, produced by Associated Television International and presented in association with The City of Los Angeles, will be led this year by Access Hollywood television icon, MARIO LOPEZ and his family, who will serve as Grand Marshals.
This year’s parade will make its 3.2 mile trek through the streets of Hollywood, CA at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019. The parade will be hosted by ERIK ESTRADA, LAURA MCKENZIE, DEAN CAIN, MONTEL WILLIAMS, with Co-Host ELIZABETH STANTON.
The 2019 Parade includes 17 Sponsors:
Media Sponsors include: The CW Network, Entertainment Tonight, Variety, KOST 103.5 FM and POPSTAR!
The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Featuring Marine Toys For Tots will culminate with the much-awaited arrival of Santa Claus and His Reindeer, ushering in the holiday season, accompanied by his United States Marine Corps escorts, Staff Sergeant Johan Rodriguez and Gunnery Sergeant Justin Block.
Thirteen award-winning bands from around the country will be featured in this year’s parade. They include:
Five Additional Performers in the Parade will include: ROCK OF AGES; Street Performances by Stars from The CW’s Masters of IllusionÒMagician Farrell Dillon and Illusionist Mai Wynn; Gevorokian Dance Academy (Vartan and Siranosh Gevorkian, Artistic Directors; Sona Gevorkian, Choreographer) and 34TH & PHUNK (Skilled Hip-Hop Dancers from across the country).
Eight larger than life inflatable character balloons will float down the streets of Hollywood on parade night including: Toy Soldier (Sponsored by Aurora Foundation and Wrangled by U.S. Air Force); Cat In The Hat (Sponsored Closet World and Wrangled by Civil Air Patrol); Elfs (Sponsored Bucca di Beppo and Wrangled by Stunt Kids Association of Hollywood); Gingerbread Man (Sponsored Variety and Wrangled by American Legion Auxiliary); Pirate and Chest (Sponsored and Wrangled by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press); Frosty The Snowman (Snow Globe) (Sponsored and Wrangled by Hollywood Central Park); Star/Bell/Four Ornaments (Sponsored by Planet Hollywood and Wrangled by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce).
Two Equestrian Units will be featured in this year’s parade, including: Majestic Acres (Ramona, CA) and Broken Horn Ropers (Sponsored by The Broken Horn Saddlery of Baldwin Park, CA).
This year’s parade will also include 76 celebrities from film, television and stage and other VIPS, including:
Leslie Charleson and Kritina Wagner)
A Pre-Parade All-Star Concert will kick-off the festivities at 5:00 p.m. in the streets of Hollywood, CA with the following performing artists: BRET MICHAELS, GARY BEERS and TOBY RAND of ASHEN MOON with MIKALAH GORDON and BRANDON ROGERS; JESSE Y JOY; DAVID ARCHULETA; THE BAND OF MERRYMAKERS; JAMES MASLOW; DIONNE WARWICK; ACE YOUNG and DIANE DEGARMO; BANK OF HARMONY – BARBERSHOP QUARTET (Tyler, Jason, David and Steven);
PHIL VASSAR; BRANDON JENNER and SHELEA (FRAZIER).
Six Floats will be featured this year’s parade including: Nebuta Marching Unit and Nebuta Float inspired by the popular Nebuta Festival of Aomori Prefecure, one of the largest and most famous festivals in all of Japan that dates back hundreds of years; The Way To Happiness with Marisol Nichols(The CW’s “Riverdale”); The Hanart Chinese Lantern Festival (Bees); Aquarium of the Pacific with spokesperson Dave Bader and the Pacific Pals Puppet Show; Panama Float (Queen of Calle Arriba de las Tables, Her Real Majesty Rosario Mayela Garcia Chanis) and Santa Claus and His Reindeer, ushering in the holiday season, accompanied by two United States Marine Corps escorts, Staff Sergeant Johan Rodriguez and Gunnery Sergeant Justin Block.
Six Hundred Fifty Five Characters and Novelties will be featured in this year’s parade, including: United States Marine Corps Color Guard; 38 Movie Picture Cars Supplied by Nate Trumans’ Star Center, including the BATMOBILE (with BURT WARD, the original Robin in “Batman & Robin”); United States Air Force Color Guard; Netflix “Klause,” Air Force Mini Jets F-16 and P51 Mustang with Brigadier General Donna D. Shipton and Camp Ronald McDonald Kids; 501st Legion, Rebel Legions and Mandelorion Mercs including 185 Costumed Characters (103 Troopers, 57 Rebels, 24 Mercs and One R2); Young Marines (413 Marching Marines); Salvation Army (Divisional Youth Brass Band, Kettle Bug with celebrities ISSAC RYAN BROWN (“Raven’s Home,” “Black-ish,” “The Stinky and Dirty Show”), JASON MAYBAUM (“Raven’s Home,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “Freaky Friday”) and ANNELIESE VAN DER POL (“Raven’s Home,” “That’s So Raven”), Kettle Walkers; Sister Cities Double Decker Bus and Archibald Mouse.
The City of Los Angeles, Departments of Transportation (LADOT) and Police (LAPD) will be strictly enforcing the no-parking policy for the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which includes the citing and the impounding of parked vehicles on restricted streets. Impounded vehicles will be towed to the Official Police Garage (OPG) at Hollywood Tow located at 1015 N. Mansfield Avenue. Motorists are advised to check the OPG website at www.opglaviic.com to find their vehicle. To retrieve impounded vehicles call either 311 or Hollywood Tow at (323) 466-8583. The following locations and restrictions will be enforced to support the Hollywood Christmas Parade activities:
“Tow-Away No Stopping, 12 AM Saturday (11/30/19) to 6 AM Monday (12/2/19)”
“Tow-Away No Stopping, 6 AM to Midnight, Sunday (12/1/19)”
“Tow-Away No Stopping, 11AM to Midnight, Sunday (12/1/19)”
“Tow-Away No Stopping, 1 PM TO Midnight, Sunday (12/1/19)”
Freeway Closures: U.S. 101 Hollywood Freeway:
No Parking Sign Postings:
Please pay attention to restricted parking to streets adjacent to the parade for better traffic flow.
Parking is always a premium in Hollywood. Parking is available at the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Complex. Most lots are paid parking – please contact the individual lot for pricing. Parade-watchers are urged to use public transit. For more information please use Trip Planner at www.metro.net or call (323) GO-METRO
One of the easiest ways to get to the parade via Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine or Hollywood/Highland. Both stations get you directly onto the parade route.
From Downtown, be sure to take the Red Line towards NoHo (North Hollywood), NOT the Purple Line.
Free station parking is available at: North Hollywood, Universal City / Studio City, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa, East LA, West LA, Westwood, Santa Monica, Culver City, Norwalk, Lakewood, Redondo Beach and Long Beach.
One-Way Fare is $1.75. A One-Day Pass is $7.00. Fare payment with TAP cards includes two hours free transfers to Metro rail and bus in one direction (no roundtrips). Remember to tap your own card before each boarding.
Plan your trip on Apple Maps, Google Transit, Metro Trip Planner or call (323) GO-METRO
(323-466-3876). METRO staff and law enforcement personnel will be present to assist customers.
More About The Hollywood Christmas Parade:
2019 marks the historic 88th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, an American tradition. The parade is produced by Associated Television International and presented in association with The City of Los Angeles on the streets of Hollywood, CA on Sunday, December 1, 2019. The Pre-Parade Concert is from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Parade is from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The live parade features 5,000 participants, and will be taped for multiple nationwide network television broadcasts to be aired during the holiday season. The parade will travel along a 3.2 mile U-shaped route starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard traveling east on Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, turning south on Vine Street to Sunset Boulevard, and then turning west on Sunset Boulevard traveling back to Orange Street. Grandstand Seats for this year’s Parade are available Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000, or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/hcp19 FREE Curbside Seating will be available along the parade route, starting at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, continuing along the rest of the parade route on Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard.
During the Red Carpet Arrivals Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will present a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of The City of Los Angeles, to Grand Marshal Mario Lopez and His Family and a Certificate of Recognition will also be presented on behalf of the Hollywood Christmas Parade and The City of Los Angeles naming Bret Michaels as Humanitarian of the Year for his charity work with the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation, which has sent many diabetic kids to camps to help them learn how to manage their diabetes as well as show them that there are other kids just like them.
The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Supporting Marine Toys For Tots will premiere as a two-hour primetime special on The CW Network on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The parade, featuring Marine Toys for Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere, will also air on the Hallmark Channel shortly after as well and on American Forces Network, to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide. The event will be presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles.
For further information, please call the 24/7 Hollywood Christmas Parade Hotline toll free at
1-833-PARADE1 (1-833-727-2331). For highlights of past parades, and to learn more about this year’s 88th Anniversary, please visit the parade’s official website at www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.org
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