The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas is airing nationwide on the CW Network, KTLA and the Hallmark channel. The parade features the “Magic Of Christmas!” theme with Grand Marshals Penn & Teller of CW’s hit series “Fool Us.” The parade will also include magic tricks by Jonathan Pendragon, Michael Turco, Michael Grandinetti, Titou and Nathan Phan from the CW’s hit series “Masters of Illusion” with co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton, Garrett Clayton and Montel Williams. A Hollywood tradition, this year’s parade includes more than 4,000 participants with larger than life inflatable character balloons and celebrity filled cars making the ride down Hollywood Boulevard.
The parade is the largest Christmas celebration in Americawill be co-hosted by popular television personalities Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Deidre Hall, Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. Additionally, the parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Network.
This year’s parade will honor Oscar de la Hoya with the “Humanitarian Award” for his outstanding charity work over the years; Deidre Hall will make a special presentation to Toys For Tots. A wide variety of stellar musical performances will also be featured with such artists as Clay Aiken; India.Arie; Band of Merrymakers featuring Mark McGrath, Tyler Glenn ofNeon Trees; Currently on tour, The Beach Boys performing Mike Love’s new single “(You’ll Never Be) Alone On Christmas Day”; Daughtry; Diana DeGarmo; Kat Graham; Candice Glover; Taylor Hicks; Alexander Jean featuringB.C. Jean and Mark Ballas; Sean Kingston; Heather Russell; Ruben Studdard; and Ace Young. The cast of Lythgoe Family Productions’ Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates Christmas – Panto at The Playhouse will also perform and will include Sabrina Carpenter, Parvesh Cheena, Chrissie Fit, Corey Fogelmanis, Ricky Jaime, Chris Jarosz, Auggie Maturo, John O’Hurley, Nikki SooHoo, Mason Trueblood and Kevin Quinn. All performances feature the Marine Toys for Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children worldwide.
A special salute to American soaps will also be showcased with appearances by General Hospital’s Rick Hearst andBradford Anderson; The Young & Restless’ Tristan Rogers, Kate Linder, Bryton James and Christel Khalil; The Bold & The Beautiful’s Scott Clifton and Jacqueline Macinnes Wood; Days Of Our Lives’ Martha Madison, Deidre Hall and Galen Gering.
The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is produced by Associated Television International. Media partners for this year’s parade include CW Network, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Variety, KTLA, Hallmark Channel and KOST.
I spoke with American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard at the parade.
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The Hollywood Christmas parade will next air on the Hallmark Channel.