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82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Christmas celebration featured Grand Marshal Buzz Aldrin and star-studded red carpet arrivals and performances benefitting Toys for Tots with a special salute to Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Erik EstradaLaura McKenzieDean Cain and Montel Williams  hosted the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas celebration in America, presented by Associated Television International onDecember 1st. 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.

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Christmas Parade

The spectacular live event kicked off with star-studded red carpet arrivals down an expansive red carpet followed by live concert performances from Stevie WonderBill Ray Cyrus, the Goo Goo DollsDaughtryKenny LogginsLeAnn RimesWilliam Shatner,McClainAce Young and Diana DeGarmo, Richie Sambora, and Olate Dogs with special television shout-out’s from Debby RyanSusan LucciWayne BradyMarie OsmondTaylor HicksLarry 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.

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Hosts Erik, Laura and Montel presented Mayor Eric Garcetti with the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award; Mayor Eric Garcetti presented the Disabled American Veterans award to National Commander Joseph Johnston; Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell presented the Toys for Tots award to General Osman as well as the Buzz Aldrin award; and Councilmember Tom LaBongepresented the “Most Inspirational Person of the Year” award to actress Valerie Harper.

Celebrity Parade participants included: Valerie Harper, ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey stars Melissa Joan Hart,  and Taylor Sprietler, Nick RobinsonBravo’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 HuckebaLeave It To Beaver stars, Olympic medallists Dee Dee Trotter and Will Claye, Disney XD’s Mighty Med stars, Nia Peeples andGreg 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 HoltAustin NorthDylan 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.

A Hollywood tradition for over 80 years, millions of people have come out to Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the entertainment capital of the world in the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. This star-studded event has been the center of the holiday celebrations in Tinsel Town for more than eight decades, with the best in family entertainment – a tradition that children of all ages look forward to every holiday season. Now bigger and better than ever before, 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.  It will also air to over 1 million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Television Network.