Hollywood Christmas Parade returns Sunday after 2020 COVID cancellation – News Nation USA

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (CNS) — After a hiatus in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Christmas Parade returns Sunday night, moving through the streets of Tinseltown with its 89th edition to mark an unofficial start to the holiday season — though one still being celebrated in the shadow of COVID.

Sheryl Underwood, a host on the daytime show “The Talk,” will serve as grand marshal of the parade, which begins at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Street. The 3.2-mile, U-shaped route will travel east on Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, turn south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and then head west along Sunset, back to Orange.

The parade, featuring an estimated 5,000 participants, kicks off at 6 p.m., with Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Elizabeth Stanton returning as hosts.

“For almost a century, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has been lifting the spirits of Angelenos from all walks of life,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. After a difficult year and a half, I am excited Angelenos will get to enjoy this parade once again.”

In all, 61 celebrities and VIPS were scheduled to take part, including musicians Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of The Fifth Dimension, and actors Danny Trejo, Tom Arnold and Lou Ferrigno, as well as Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow from early TV’s “Leave It to Beaver.”

The parade will also feature 11 character balloons — each some four stories high — plus equestrian acts and marching bands, including the U.S. Marine Corps Band out of San Diego; the Mira Costa High School Marching Band and Color Guard from Manhattan Beach; the PAVA World Traditional Korean Band from Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums; and the Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band from Torrance.

In addition, spectators will see 49 movie and TV cars, including “Back to the Future” DeLoreans, the “Ghostbusters” Ecto-1 and “Smokey and the Bandit” Trans-Am; and from TV, the “Munsters” coach, the “Rockford Files” Firebird and the “Magnum, P.I.” Ferrari.

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