Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams hosted the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas celebration in America, presented byAssociated Television International on December 1st. The Grand Marshal of the parade was Buzz Aldrin, the second man to ever walk on the moon. The Parade benefited Toys for Tots and saluted Disabled American Veterans.
The spectacular live event kicked off with star-studded red carpet arrivals down an expansive red carpet followed by live concert performances from Stevie Wonder, Bill Ray Cyrus, the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Kenny Loggins, LeAnn Rimes, William Shatner, McClain, Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, Richie Sambora, and Olate Dogs with special television shout-out’s from Debby Ryan, Susan Lucci, Wayne Brady, Marie Osmond, Taylor Hicks, Larry King and Joe Mantegna with the Criminal Minds cast. The stars of The Young and the Restless were also in attendance for a special tribute honoring their 40th anniversary.
Hosts Erik, Laura and Montel presented Mayor Eric Garcetti with the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award; Mayor Eric Garcetti presented the Disabled American Veterans award to National Commander Joseph Johnston; Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell presented the Toys for Tots award to General Osman as well as the Buzz Aldrin award; and Councilmember Tom LaBonge presented the “Most Inspirational Person of the Year” award to actress Valerie Harper.
Celebrity Parade participants included: Valerie Harper, ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey stars Melissa Joan Hart, and Taylor Sprietler, Nick Robinson, Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset star, GG Gharachedaghi, , Bold and the Beautiful stars, General Hospital stars, Days of Our Lives stars, Disney’s Dog with a Blog stars, Disney’s Austin & Ally stars, Disney’s Mighty Med stars, Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans stars, Disney’s Coco Jones and Nickelodeon’s Madison Pettis, A&E’s Storage Wars stars, Radio Disney’s Candice Huckeba, Leave It To Beaverstars, Olympic medallists Dee Dee Trotter and Will Claye, Disney XD’s Mighty Med stars, Nia Peeples and Greg Louganis, Hallmark Home & Family hosts Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare, Nickelodeon’s Haunted Hathaways stars, Nick at Nite’s See Dad Run stars, Nickelodeon’s Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures stars, Mark Wallengren and Kristin Cruz of KOST 103.5, MTV’s Happyland stars, Nick at Nite’s Instant Mom stars, Disney’s Olivia Holt, Austin North, Dylan Riley Snyder, and more. The festivities also included marching bands, giant balloons, classic cars and equestrian groups.
A Hollywood tradition for over 80 years, millions of people have come out to Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the entertainment capital of the world in the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. This star-studded event has been the center of the holiday celebrations in Tinsel Town for more than eight decades, with the best in family entertainment – a tradition that children of all ages look forward to every holiday season. Now bigger and better than ever before, the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is a nationwide primetime television event, premiering as a two-hour special December 11th on Hallmark Channel with two runs on the Hallmark Movie Channel on December 20th and 24th. The show will be broadcast throughout the holiday season on more than 350 stations including KTLA in Los Angeles on December 20th from 8-10 p.m. It will also air to over 1 million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Television Network.
Videos + photos from the event below.
Jessica Jarrell Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Coco Jones Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Jack Griffo Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Kat McNamara Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Jillian Rose Reed Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Francesca Capaldi Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Curtis Harris Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Madison Pettis Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Ashlee Keating Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Goo Goo Dolls Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Sydney Park & Damarr Calhoun Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Kira Kosarin Interview – 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade
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