86th anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade draws crowds

Celebrity attendees included actor Lou Diamond Philips and Jermaine Dupri.

Hollywood Christmas ParadeHalf million folks packed both sides of the three-mile route along Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards for the 86th anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade benefitting the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

Participants in the parade included the 20 balloon wranglers with the 5-story tall Captain Tom Bristol, the main character from L. Ron Hubbard’s “Under the Black Ensign.”

With over 500 local volunteers and dozens of local businesses, schools and community service groups, it has become the biggest Christmas Parade in the world with the largest red carpet and the most celebrity participants.

The evening started with a holiday concert on Hollywood Blvd featuring an all-star cast including: The Village People, Cee Lo Green, Ruben Studdard, Julia Ara, Breanna Yde, Nick Fradiani, Tom Dixon and the Band of Merrymakers. Directly following, the parade kicked off with hosts Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie welcoming the USMC Marching Band representing the Toys for Tots.

In addition to the above celebrity musicians performing, there were dozens of television and movie celebrities on hand: from actor Lou Diamond Philips, actresses Deirdre Hall and Kate Linder to Jermaine Dupri, participants  included Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Council Member Mitch O’Farrell.  There were also eighteen marching bands from around the world and 4 equestrian units along with ten large helium balloons and their wranglers, including Captain Tom Bristol, rounded out the over 5,000 participants traveling down Hollywood Boulevard.

 

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