After a hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Christmas Parade returns on Sunday night, pulling its 89.
Sheryl Underwood, a host of the daytime show “The Talk,” will serve as Grand Marshal of the Sunday parade, which begins on Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Street. The 5.2 mile U-shaped route heads east on Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, turns south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard, and then heads west along Sunset Boulevard back to Orange.
The parade, with an estimated 5,000 participants, begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday with Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Elizabeth Stanton returning to host.
“For nearly a century, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has lifted the spirits of Angelenos from all walks of life,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “After a difficult year and a half, I am delighted that Angelenos can enjoy this parade again.”
A total of 61 celebrities and VIPs were planned, including musicians Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. from The Fifth Dimension and actors Danny Trejo, Tom Arnold and Lou Ferrigno, and Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow from early TV series. Leave it to Beavers. “
The parade will also feature 11 character balloons – each about four stories high – as well as equestrian acts and marching bands, including the US Marine Corps Band from San Diego; the Mira Costa High School Marching Band and Color Guard of Manhattan Beach; the Los Angeles-based PAVA World Traditional Korean Band; the Emerald Society of Los Angeles Police Pipes and Drums; and the Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band from Torrance.
In addition, viewers will see 49 movie and television cars including “Back to the Future” DeLoreans, the “Ghostbusters” Ecto-1 and “Smokey and the Bandit” Trans-Am; and from television the “Munsters” trainers, the “Rockford Files” Firebird and the “Magnum, PI” Ferrari.
Oh, and the Idaho Potato Truck Tour brings in an 18-wheeler that features a two-story, two-ton spud.
Of course, the parade ends with a performance by Santa Claus himself and his reindeer.
The parade has been held every year since 1928, except from 1942 to 1944 due to World War II – and last year when it was canceled due to the pandemic.
Officials last week urged viewers to enjoy this year’s return – but remember to take precautions as COVID has not gone away.
“After a very difficult 20 months, and that’s to be taken lightly, this weekend Hollywood will once again serve as the backdrop for a popular Christmas tradition here in the City of Angels – the 89th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade,” said the LA Alderman Mitch O’Farrell, whose 13th borough is Hollywood, at a press conference last week.
O’Farrell said the LA County’s Department of Health recommends people wear masks even outdoors in crowds greater than 10,000.
“There will be more than 10,000 people to watch this parade in person,” said O’Farrell. “So let’s take these precautions. Folks, we’re starting to get out of this pandemic. Let’s get out all of the way and take the necessary precautions so that there aren’t any more outbreaks.”
After last week’s tragedy at the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade – in which a man drove through the crowd killing six and injuring more than 60 – Los Angeles police made no official comment last week when asked about Beefed . Security on.
But Chief Brian Hale of the LA Department of Transportation said the LADOT will deploy over 100 traffic officers and guards to assist with road closures in the parade area.
“Our Special Traffic Operations team has drawn up a traffic management plan and will begin implementing road closures and securing the parade route on Sunday morning,” said Hale.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade was first held in 1928 when it was called the Santa Claus Lane Parade. Comedian Joe E. Brown was the first Grand Marshal in 1932 – a role that was later cast by the likes of Bob Hope, Gene Autry and Jimmy Stewart, among others.
For those unable to attend in person on Sunday, the festivities will be streamed as a two-hour special on The CW Network on Friday, December 17th at 8pm