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The Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Hollywood Christmas Parade

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  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Parade
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Holiday
  • Tags: Christmas

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1928 -- except for a three-year hiatus during World War II and for one year in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic -- Hollywood, California has hosted THE HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, featuring stars of film, television and stage, marching bands, equestrian groups, musical acts and Santa Claus. The parade is taped live and later broadcast throughout the month of December, leading up to Christmas. After airing locally in Los Angeles on KTLA and KCOP -- and in national syndication -- NBC brought the parade to a primetime national audience in 2002. The parade went back into syndication on Tribune stations before being unable to secure a television deal in 2008. In 2009, the parade returned to TV with its first-ever, two-hour, national broadcast on MyNetworkTV. The following year, the parade premiered on Hallmark Channel, which was the first network to nationally broadcast the parade through 2014. Since 2015, The CW has premiered the parade during primetime, approximately one week before Hallmark Channel or Hallmark Movies & Mysteries debuts the event. The 2020 Hollywood Christmas Parade was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but The CW premiered "The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments," a two-hour retrospective special on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT.

Recent parades have featured 5,000 participants, traveling along a 3.2-mile U-shaped route through the streets of Hollywood, California. Starting on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine St to Sunset Blvd. and west on Sunset Blvd. back to Orange Drive.
The 2022 Hollywood Christmas Parade premiered as a two-hour special on Friday, December 16, 2022 from 8-10pm ET/PT on The CW. Hosts include Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and special co-host Elizabeth Stanton. The parade will feature Hollywood celebrities and movie cars, award-wining bands from across the country, dazzling equestrians, larger-than-life character balloons, colorful floats, humorous specialty acts, and high-profile performers. The parade culminates with the appearance of the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, and his reindeer, ushering in the holiday season! The 90th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade took place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 27, 2022) in Los Angeles, featuring Grand Marshal Danny Trejo and these celebrities: the cast of BOB (HEARTS) ABISHOLA (Folake Olowofoyeku, Vernee Watson-Johnson, Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley); the cast of THE MUNSTERS (Jeff Daniel Phillips, Butch Patrick, Daniel Roebuck and Dee Wallace); Wyn Starks singing "Deck The Halls"; Savannah Rae singing "All Hat"; Scotty Berg singing "Just Like Christmas"; Scott Schwartz and Zack Ward from A CHRISTMAS STORY; Hunter Clowdus; Tichina Arnold and Hank Greenspan from THE NEIGHBORHOOD; Jerry Mathers (Leave It To Beaver); Eric Roberts and wife Eliza Roberts; the cast of THE BAY (Kristos Andrews, Mike Manning, Celeste Fianna); SEAL TEAM's Jason Dohring riding on The Way To Happiness Float; cast of DANCING WITH THE STARS (Britt Stewart, Emma Slater, Kateryna Klishyna); and more.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: The Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots
  • Previously known as: The Hollywood Lane Christmas Parade
  • Title for 2002 NBC telecast: Blockbuster Hollywood Christmas Spectacular

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Associated Television International


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