PPLA got in the Christmas spirit this week at the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams. 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 annual event for more than 80 years kicked off with a star-studded 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.
The ceremony also saw several awards including “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” to Mayor Eric Garcetti; the Disabled American Veterans award to National Commander Joseph Johnston; the Toys for Tots award as well as the Buzz Aldrin Award to General Osman; and the “Most Inspirational Person of the Year” award to actress Valerie Harper.
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 Beaver stars, 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.
Event sponsors included: Tonka, VONS/ Safeway, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Elf OnThe Shelf, Archibald Mouse, Wells Fargo, Knott’s Berry Farm, JustFoodForDogs, Venetian, Glee Club Australia, KAY Jewelers, Thomas The Tank Engine, Hollywood Hotel, Starline Tours Chem Dry Carpet Cleaning, Caillou, The L.A. Zoo and Disney’s Lone Ranger. Media partners include: EXTRA, Hallmark Channel, KOST, PopStar Magazine, Radio Disney, Tribune/KTLA, USA Weekend Magazine and Variety.
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.