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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 -- 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.

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 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. Supporting Marine Toys for Tots, this program celebrates the 89-year-old American tradition with the most memorable moments of past Hollywood Christmas Parades over the last decade. The special is hosted by Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada, who are joined by Montel Williams, Dean Cain, Elizabeth Stanton and other special guests.


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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