The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade took place on Sunday November 27th on Hollywood Blvd. This year’s Grand Marshall was Olivia Newton-John, the movie star and singer whose successful career spans five decades.
The 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade kicked off with a pre-parade concert at 5:00 pm. The concert featured 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade’s Grand Marshall Olivia Newton-John as well as Cyndi Lauper, Kenny G, Eric Benet and others.
At 6:00 pm the parade begun with the usual Hollywood glamour. There were marching bands, huge character balloons, floats and decorated classic cars carrying Hollywood’s celebrities. Several former grand marshals including Larry King, Lou Gossett Jr., Robert Wagner and yes, Mickey Mouse were at hand and took part in the festive event.
Needless to say, L.A. is all about celebrities, there were stars and cast members of trendy TV shows including of “Black-ish,” and “Fresh Off the Boat” among many other stars greeted enthusiastically by the crowd. Of course, the greatest star of any Christmas Parade – the Hollywood Parade included – Santa Claus arrived as scheduled to announce the beginning of the 2016 Christmas Season.
Thousands of Angelenos and tourists braved cold weather to witness the largest Christmas Parade in the United States. Good time was had by all!