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20 Nov

Three Magicians in Hollywood Christmas Parade

Category: News   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK



RED CARPET ARRIVALS:  4:00 – 6:00 P.M.
(The Red Carpet will be covered in the event of rain.)
ALL-STAR CONCERT:  5:00 – 6:00 P.M. 
PARADE:  6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

10 Pre-Parade All-Star Concert Performers:

  • Olivia Newton-John, who will serve at this year’s Grand Marshal (Singing “Xanadu,” “There’s Still My Joy”) 
  • Cyndi Lauper (Singing “Hard Candy Christmas”) 
  • Kenny G (Playing “Let It Snow”) 
  • WAR (Singing “Low Rider,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends”) 
  • Eric Benét (Singing a surprise holiday favorite.) 
  • Scotty McCreery (Singing “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”) 
  • The Empty Hearts super group with All Star members from Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kings and The Romantics (Singing “It’s Christmas Time”) 
  • Julia Ara (Singing “Silent Night”) 
  • Band Of Merrymakers featuring Mark McGrath and Lisa Loeb (Singing “A Very Merry Medley,” “Must Be Christmas”) 
  • Tommy Wind, a magician star of The CW’s hit primetime television series, Masters of Illusion (Performing A Holiday Magic Spectacular with Toy Soldiers, Elves and a Holiday Doll)

4 Parade Hosts:

  • Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams

2 Parade Co-Hosts:

  • Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton

Grand Marshal:

  • Olivia Newton-John, Grand Marshal, 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Featuring Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

4 Former Hollywood Christmas Parade Grand Marshals:

  • Mickey Mouse, Grand Marshal of the 1986 Parade, along with Minnie Mouse.  Mickey Mouse will be accompanied by 10 Dancers from D23, The Official Disney Fan Club 
  • Larry King, Grand Marshal of the 2010 Parade 
  • Louis Gossett Jr., Grand Marshal of the 1994 Parade 
  • Robert Wagner, Grand Marshal with his late wife, Natalie Wood, of the 1979 Parade.  Accompanied by his daughters Natasha Gregson Wagner, Courtney Wagner, Katie Wagner and grandson Riley Lewis

80 Celebrities and VIPS:

  • Santa Claus, The Man of the Season, with escorts, Marine Staff Sergeant Cathleen Barsallo and Gunnery Sergeant Ruben Rivera.  In celebration of the Parade’s 85th Anniversary Santa’s Elves have adorned his ceremonial robe with snowflakes and thousands of Swarovski Crystals, in addition to weaving in 500 red crystals in the Poinsettia on Santa’s hat. 
  • Lt. General Pete Osman, President and CEO of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation 
  • U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard:  Sergeant Allen Schocken, American Flag; Sergeant Miguel Aguilar, Marine Corps Flag; Corporal Sean Ibarra, Rifle; Corporal Adam Vasquez, Rifle 
  • Marine Band San Diego’s Drum Major, Gunnery Sergeant Hugh Wurts 
  • The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno 
  • Hosts of Hallmark Channel’s “Home And Family” Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos 
  • Cast of “Days of Our Lives” including Deidre Hall, Marci Miller, Martha Madison and Camila Banus 
  • Cast of “The Bold and The Beautiful,” now celebrating their 30th Anniversary Season, including original cast members John McCook and Katherine Kelly Lang, as well as Alley Mills, Karla Moseley, Felisha Cooper, Anthony Turpel, Darin Brooks, Kelly Kruger, Jennifer Gareis, Winsor Harmon, Linsey Godfrey, Scott Clifton, Dick Christie, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, and producer Casey Kasprzyk 
  • Cast of “The Young and The Restless” including Camryn Grimes, Christian Le Blanc and Kate Linder 
  • Cast of “Black-ish” including Miles Brown and Marsai Martin 
  • Cast of “Fresh Off The Boat” including Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen 
  • Cast of “Wish for Christmas” including Bill Engval and Leigh-Allyn Baker 
  • “Lethal Weapon” star Keesha Sharp 
  • “Code Black” – Boris Kodjoe 
  • “Boogie Nights” – Nicole Ari Parker 
  • Coalition To Salute America’s Heros – Actor Jack Scalia, Sergeant Mary Herrera, Army (Retired) and Jill Hinds, Veteran 
  • KOST 103.5 FM’s Mark Wallengren 
  • Congressman Adam B. Schiff, 28th District, State of California 
  • Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, City of Los Angeles, 13th District 
  • Councilmember David E. Ryu, City of Los Angeles, 4th District 
  • Chuck E. Cheese and Helen Henny 
  • Archibald Mouse with author Sylvia Lieberman and daughter, Dr. Carol Lieberman 
  • Gumby with Joe Clokey, son of Art Clokey, creator of Gumby 
  • Miss Hollywood International Studios – Giselle Monterrosas, Miss Hollywood International Teen USA 2016 and Eliani Majuan, Miss Hollywood       International USA 2016 
  • Battlefield Earth Float actors Aaron Groben, Lauren Compton and Terl 
  • Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock” – Jade Pettyjohn 
  • Japanese Characters Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma 
  • Stars of The CW’s Primetime Hit Television Series, “Masters of Illusion” – Magicians Tommy Wind, Murray SawChuck and Naathan Phan 
  • Balsam Hill CEO Thomas Harman 
  • Sister Cities of Los Angeles with former Councilmember Tom LaBonge 
  • Los Angeles Fire Department 
  • Los Angeles Police Department 
  • United Air Force Color Guard 
  • Nebuta Float and Taiko Drums spokesperson, Akari Yamamura 
  • Knott’s Merry Farm:  Santa Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy 
  • Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Networks, Hallmark Channel

17 Award-Winning Bands From Around The Country:

  • Marine Band San Diego with U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard 
  • Barron Collier High School Cougar Band (Naples, FL) 
  • Cherry Creek High School Marching Band (Greenwood Village, CO) 
  • Fayette County High School Marching Band (Fayetteville, GA) 
  • Frank Scott Bunnell High School Bulldog Marching Band (Stratford, CT) 
  • Gilmer High School Marching Band (Ellijay, GA) 
  • Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) 
  • Korean American Youth Performing Artists (KAYPA) (Chino, CA) 
  • Milton High School Band (Milton, GA) 
  • Lafayette Jefferson High School Band (Lafayette, IN) 
  • Lincoln High School “Patriot” Marching Band (Sioux Falls, S.D.) 
  • Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band (Torrance, CA) 
  • Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums (Fullerton, CA) 
  • Monache Marauder Band and Color Guard (Porterville, CA) 
  • Pacific American Volunteer Association World Traditional Korean Marching Band (PAVA World, Los Angeles, CA) 
  • The Pride of Dutchmen Marching Band (Orange City, IA) 
  • The Pride of Eastside (Eastside High School) (Covington, GA)

22 Larger Than Life Inflatable Character Balloons:

  • Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat (Presented by Entertainment Tonight and Wrangled by Hollywood Central Park) 
  • Gumby (Wrangled by Make-A-Wish Foundation) 
  • Penguins of Madagascar (Wrangled by Civil Air Patrol) 
  • Dr. Seuss’ Grinch Santa (Sponsored by the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, Wrangled by the American Legion Auxiliary) 
  • Pirate & Chest (Sponsored and Wrangled by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press) 
  • Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Wrangled by the Hollywood Arts Council) 
  • Rilakkuma (Brown Bear), Korilakkuma (White Bear) and Kiiroitori (Yellow Bird) (Sponsored and Wrangled by Rilakkuma) 
  • Dog With Newspaper (Sponsored and Wrangled by DogVacay) 
  • Santa Garfield (Sponsored by and Wrangled by Easy Choice Health Plan) 
  • Pacman (Wrangled by the Kiwanis Club) 
  • Toy Soldier (Wrangled by U.S. Air Force) 
  • Two Elves and Four Lollipops (Sponsored and Wrangled by Hollywood Hotel)

6 Equestrian Units:

  • Broken Horn Ropers (Bakersfield, CA) 
  • Express Employment Professionals and the Express Clydesdales (Oklahoma City, OK) 
  • Majestic Acres (Ramona, CA) 
  • Knott’s Merry Farm (Buena Park, CA) with Santa Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy 
  • Valley Center Vaqueros (Valley Center, CA) 
  • Mane Attraction (Riverside, CA)

56 Characters/Novelties:

  • 44 Movie Picture Cars Supplied by Nate Trumans’ Star Center, including:  Jurrasic Park RV, Jurrasic Park Jeep, Green Hornet, Batmobile 60’s, Batmobile used by actor Michael Keaton, Gotham PD, Joker PD, Kitt Night Rider, Super Pursuit Mode Kitt, Scooby Doo Van (Cartoon), Scooby Doo Van (Film), “Francesco,” Pixar Truck, Herbie Nascar, Herbie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Van, Mach 5 Speed Racer, Starsky and Hutch, General Lee, Magnum PI Ferrari, Rockford Files Firebird, The Prisoner Lotus 7, Austin Powers Shaguar, Smokey and The Bandit, Ghostbusters ECTO-1, A-Team Van, Emergency 51, CHiPs Police Car, CHiPs Motorcycle, Transformers – Barricade, Transformers – Bumblebee, Transformers – Beaterbee, Expendables Truck, Christine, Highway Patrol Buick, Blues Brothers, Blues Brothers State Police Car ’55, “Defiance” Charger, Rat Patrol WW2 Jeep, Back To The Future 1, Back To The Future 2, Back To The Future 3 
  • Gumby, with Joe Clokey, son of Art Clokey, creator of Gumby  Hot Wheels X-Wing Fighter 501st Legion & Rebel Legions 
  • U.S. Air Force Color Guard 
  • Three Mini Jets and P51 Mustang 
  • Chuck E. Cheese and Helen Henny 
  • Club Car (Civil Air Patrol Commanders) 
  • Sister Cities of Los Angeles with former Councilmember Tom LaBonge 
  • Archibald Mouse with author Sylvia Lieberman and her daughter Dr. Carole Lieberman

3 Live Performances During the Parade:

  • Magician Murray SawChuck, one of the stars of The CW’s television show, “Masters of Illusion” performing 360 Degree Comedy Magic with his assistant April and sidekick Lefty 
  • Singer Cassidy Diana performing a song in honor of Coalition To Salute America’s Heroes singing an original song she wrote called “Girls Like Me” 
  • Magician Naathan Phan, one of the stars of The CW’s television show, “Masters of Illusion” performing Close-Up Magic in the Grandstands with the crowd

5 Floats:

  • The Nebuta Float will return to the parade this year, and is inspired by the popular Nebuta Festival of Aomori Prefecure, one of the largest and most famous festivals in all of Japan that dates back hundreds of years.  The Nebuta Float was designed by Japanese Masters Artist, Hiroo Takenami, specifically to be showcased here in Los Angeles.  Its colorful design is carefully hand-painted and constructed of traditional washi paper and outfitted with over 3,000 LED lights.  This year’s float depicts the “Legends of Yoshitsune,” the story of the celebrated General of the Minamoto clan, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who by divine power safely travels across the ocean for battle.  The float is sponsored by
  • A new float making its debut in the parade this year will be Battlefield Earth, based on the author L. Ron Hubbard’s 1982 New York Times best-selling science fiction novel of the same name, featuring characters from the story, including Johnny Goodboy Tyler (played by actor Aaron Groben),Chrissie (played by actress Lauren Compton) and the supernatural being, Terl.  In keeping with the novel’s storyline, the float will be surrounded by Scotsmen wearing traditional kilts playing bagpipes and drums.  The float is sponsored by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press. 
  • The Miss Hollywood International Studios float will feature Giselle Monterrosas, Miss Hollywood International Teen USA 2016 and Eliani Majuan, Miss Hollywood International USA 2016.  Special Guests on the float will include Nadia Majia, Miss California USA 2016 and Athenna Crosby, Miss California Teen USA 2016. The float is sponsored by MHI Studios. 
  • The Way To Happiness float with actress Jade Pettyjohn, star of Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock.”  The float is sponsored by the Association for Better Living and Education. 
  • The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will culminate with the much-awaited arrival of Santa Claus and His Reindeer, ushering in the holiday season, accompanied by his United States Marine Corps escorts, Gunnery Sergeant Ruben Rivera and Staff Sergeant Cathleen Barsallo.  In celebration of the Parade’s 85th Anniversary Santa’s Elves have adorned his ceremonial robe with snowflakes and thousands of Swarovski Crystals, in addition to weaving in 500 red crystals in the Poinsettia on Santa’s hat.

18 Parade Sponsors:

  • Marine Toys For Tots Foundation 
  • Express Employment Professionals and the Express Clydesdales 
  • Rilakkuma 
  • Sister Cities of Los Angeles 
  • Miss Hollywood International Studios 
  • Nebuta Float and Taiko Drums 
  • Hot Wheels 
  • DogVacay 
  • Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes 
  • Gumby and Joe Clokey and Family, the son of the late Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby,
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s Where A Kid Can Be A Kid 
  • Balsam Hill Christmas Trees and CEO Thomas Harman 
  • Air Force Mini Jet Team 
  • Archibald Mouse 
  • 501st Legion & Rebel Legions 
  • Easy Choice Health Plan,, which will have an informational booth about Easy Choice Health Plans at the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on parade day, November 27th.

More About The Hollywood Christmas Parade:
            2016 marks the historic 85th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, 
an American tradition.  The parade is produced by Associated Television International and presented in association with The City of Los Angeles.  The annual live parade in the streets of Hollywood attracts more than one million spectators.  During the Red Carpet Arrivals Event at this year’s live parade on Sunday, November 27th Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will present this year’s Parade Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John, and Former Parade Grand Marshals, Larry King, Louis Gossett Jr. and Robert Wagner with Certificates of Recognition from The City of Los Angeles for their career accomplishments.
            The live parade features 5,000 participants, and will be taped for multiple nationwide network television broadcasts to be aired during the holiday season.  The parade will travel along a 3.2 mile U-shaped route starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard traveling east on Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, turning south on Vine Street to Sunset Boulevard, and then turning west on Sunset Boulevard traveling back to Orange Street.  Grandstand seats are now completely SOLD OUT.  FREE Curbside Seating will be available along the parade route, starting at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, continuing along the rest of the parade route on Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard.
            The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour primetime special onThe CW Network on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT) repeating on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on Wednesday, December 21, 2106 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT (2:00 p.m. CT).  The parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on the American Forces Network.

            For further information, please call the 24/7 Hollywood Christmas Parade Hotline toll free at 1-866-PARADE1 (1-866-727-2331).  For highlights of past parades, and to learn more about this year’s 85th Anniversary, please visit the parade’s official website at  Stay in touch with us via and  @HlywdChristmas   #HollywoodChristmasParade    #HCP2016

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