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California: Los Angeles (Hollywood Christmas Parade)

The holidays are a time for glitter and glamour and no one does it better than Los Angeles, the movie capital of the world. Every year, on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the Hollywood community hosts the Hollywood Christmas Parade. The parade began in 1928 as a daily parade to help boost business for Hollywood merchants. In those days, it was called the Santa Claus Lane Parade. From that point, the parade continued to grow in scale with the assistance of local businesses and the community. In 1978, it was renamed the Hollywood Christmas Parade in an effort to attract more celebrities. What began with only Santa Claus and actress/ singer, Jeanette Loff, has now grown to an enormous parade which includes numerous floats, animals, bands and celebrities.

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Hollywood Blvd. is transformed to Santa Claus Lane in 1928

Jeanette Loff

Jeanette Loff

The parade stretches 3.5 miles down Hollywood Boulevard on what is the longest red carpet in the world. Over the years, the list of parade grand marshals have included such names as Bob Hope, James Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., Mickey Rooney, Peter Fonda, Magic Johnson and Susan Lucci to name a few. The parade was suspended from 1942-1944 due to the war but it resumed in 1945 with record attendance!

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Venetain HOtel Winter Queen

Venetain Hotel’s Winter Queen

 

Actor George Takei

Actor George Takei

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The parade is free to attend unless you want to reserve grand stand seating along Hollywood Boulevard near the main stage. Tickets prices range anywhere from $25-$85. For those not willing to pay those ticket prices or brave the nasty southern California winter temperatures [joke], the parade is aired on television on KTLA and the Hallmark channel. However, do note that if you do go to the parade and want to see the pre-parade concert, you will need to purchase grand stand seating.

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Parade route

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Over the years, the parade has also benefited the Toys for Tots charity, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

Web page: http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org/

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