The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade featuring Marine Toys for Tots foundation with Grand Marshal, Dr. Oz

HOLLYWOOD — 2017 marks the historic 86th 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 is held in the streets of Hollywood attracting more than one million people. During the Red Carpet Arrivals Event at this year’s live parade on Sunday, November 26th Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will present this year’s Parade Grand Marshal Dr. Oz with a Certificate of Recognition from The City of Los Angeles for his 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 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
 will premiere as a two-hour primetime special on The CW Network onFriday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT) and will be seen on Hallmark after The CW broadcast.  The parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on the American Forces Network during the holiday season.  The parade will also feature a Special Tribute for Toys For Tots by Ludacris and Special Tributes to “The Young and the Restless” and “Days of Our Lives.”

The Village People

11 Pre-Parade All-Star Concert Performers:

  • THE VILLAGE PEOPLE (Singing Medley:  “In The Navy,” “Macho Man,” “YMCA,” “A Very Merry Christmas To You” (Celebrating their 40th Anniversary)
  • TOM DIXON (Coalition To Salute American Heroes) (Singing “Alive Today”)
  • AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 14 WINNER NICK FRADIANI (Singing “I’ll Wait For You.” “Little Drummer Boy”)
  • NICKELODEON’S BREANNA YDE (Singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “One Million Reasons”)
  • MAGICIAN TOMMY WIND (Star of The CW’s Primetime Hit Show, Masters of Illusion performing Present Box/Modern Art)
  • THE TEARAWAYS (Singing “Helluva Christmas”)
  • JULIA ARA (Singing “Do You Hear What I Hear?”)
  • MAGICIAN TITOU (Star of The CW’s Primetime Hit Show, Masters of Illusion performing Magical Floating Box)
  • CEE LO GREEN (“Mary, Did You Know?”)
  • AMERICAN IDOL 2003 WINNER REUBEN STUDDARD (Singing “At Christmas Time,” “I Need An Angel”)
  • BAND OF MERRYMAKERS (Singing “What Christmas Means To Me,” “Holiday In LA”)

4 Additional Appearances (Telecast Only):

  • LUDACRIS Performing a Tribute To Marine Toys For Tots


  • Los Angeles Antique Bandwagon/Los Angeles Fire Truck with DELIA IBARRA, ESQ., President of Los Angeles’ Fire Commission)/Los Angeles Fire Department/Vintage Police Cars

4 Live Parade Performances:

  • DEBBIE ALLEN DANCE ACADEMY’S “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” Candy Canes dancing
  • CHARLIE MCNEAL (Singing “Christmas On The Phone)
  • ROLLETTES (12 Wheelchair Dancers featuring CHE’NELLE performing “Miracle”)
  • AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR PERFORMING ARTS (Medley:  “Deck The Halls” and “Deck The Rooftop”)

2 Street Performers:

  • Magicians CHRIS RANDALL and NAATHAN PHAN, Stars of The CW’s Primetime Hit Show, Masters of IllusionÒ, will be performing Christmas Street Magic for Grandstand Ticket Holders)

4 Parade Hosts:


2 Parade Co-Hosts:


Grand Marshal:

  • DR. OZ, Grand Marshal, 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Featuring Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

95 Celebrities and VIPS:

  • Santa Claus, The Man of the Season, with United States Marine Corps Escorts Sergeant Saskeia Bell and Sergeant Matthew Kile.  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 carrying Rifle, American Flag, Marine Corps Flag and Rifle
  • Marine Band San Diego’s Drum Major, Gunnery Sergeant Hugh Wurts
  • Dr. Matt Wiseman, Salvation Army
  • Burt Ward, American Actor who played the role of Robin the popular 60s television series, “Batman”accompanied by the Batmobile amd Batcycle
  • Cast of “The Young and The Restless” including Kate Linder, Bryton James and Mishael Morgan
  • Jermaine Dupri, American hip hop recording artist, record producer, songwriter and rapper and Mani, the 16-year-old winner of the second season of Lifetime’s hit show, “The Rap Game”
  • Billy Gardell, “Mike & Molly,” “Bad Santa” and “You, Me and Dupree”
  • Reno Wilson, “Mike & Molly,” “Crank,” “Crank:  High Voltage,” “The Cosby Show”
  • The Cast of “Cash Cowboys,” reality series (Huwa Family – Brent, Tonya, Cody, Kylie, Trey, Austin, Brealyn)
  • Lou Diamond Phillips, “La Bamba,” “Stand and Deliver” (Golden Globe Award nomination, Independent Spirit Award Winner, “The King and I” on Broadway (Tony Award nomination), “The Crossroads of History” (Emmy Award nomination), “Filly Brown” (Alma Award Winner)
  • Tara Reid, “The Big Lebowski,” “American Pie,” “Van Wilder:  Party Liaison.” “American Pie 2”
  • The Village People:  Victor Willis, Angel Morales, James Kwong, James Leppold, Sunny Earl and Chad Freeman
  • Jerry Mathers (Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver) and Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver) celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the hit American Television Sitcom, “Leave It To Beaver”
  • Cast of “This Just In” including Wyntergrace Williams, Jenny Veal, Rob Pinkston and Kristos Andrews
  • Way To Happiness Float:  Nancy Cartwright, Voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons”
  • Cast of “The Riveras” including Jacqie Compos Rivera and Johnny Lopez with kids
  • Stars of The CW’s Primetime Hit Television Series, “Masters of Illusion” – Magicians Tommy Wind, Titou, Chris Randall and Naathan Phan
  • Deidre Hall

    Cast of “Days of Our Lives” including Deidre Hall, Lauren Koslow and Marci Miller

  • Coalition To Salute America’s Heroes – Actor Jack Scalia, Sergeant J.D. Williams and Mrs. Williams, U.S. Army (Ret.)
  • Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, City of Los Angeles, 13th District
  • Councilmember David E. Ryu, City of Los Angeles, 4th District
  • Sister Cities of Los Angeles with former Councilmember Tom LaBonge (25 – 30 Marching)
  • Thomas Barbusca, “The Mick,” “Middle School:  The Worst Years of My Life,” “One Day at a Time,” “Preacher” and Brielle Barbusca, “The Starter Wife,” “Scandal,” “Modern Family,” “Bones”
  • Miss Hollywood International Studios, Silvio Nicholas Walters, Presents “Heroes and Villians” withSamantha Hart as The American Commander and Sweety Vaga as Bastet Cat Goddess, along with the Amazon Warriors
  • Gumby, with Joe Clokey, son of Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, and his wife Joan Clokey and their children
  • KOST 103.5 FM’s Mark Wallengren
  • Asia Monet, “Grey’s Anatomy.” “American Crime Story”
  • Sabrina Sieck, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

18 Award-Winning Bands From Around The Country:

  • Marine Band San Diego with U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard (“Hooray For Hollywood” and “Marine Hymn”)
  • Encore High School Hippogriffs (Riverside, CA)
  • United States Air Force Color Guard
  • Ola High School Marching Mustangs Band (McDonough, GA)
  • Los Angeles Department Honor Guard, Los Angeles Police, Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
  • Foothill High School Marching Band (Pleasanton, CA)
  • Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band (San Luis, AZ)
  • Pacific American Volunteer Association World Traditional Korean Marching Band (PAVA World, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Fishers High School Marching Tiger Band (Fishers, IN)
  • Golden Valley High School Cardinal Regime (Merced, CA)
  • Korean American Youth Performing Artists (KAYPA) (Chino, CA)
  • Carlsbad High School Caveman Band and Color Guard (Carlsbad, NM)
  • Center Grove High School Marching Band (Greenwood, IN)
  • Cesar Chavez High School Marching Band and Color Guard (Stockton, CA)
  • Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching Band (Worthington, MN) (Oscar Statues – “Hooray For Hollywood”)
  • New Milford Marching Band and Color Guard (New Milford, CT)
  • Greenwood Marching Woodmen and Irish Guard (Greenwood, IN)
  • Beverly Hills High School Marching Band (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band (Torrance, CA)
Garfield & Pookie

20 Larger Than Life Inflatable Character Balloons:

  • Betty Boop (Sponsored by Entertainment Tonight; Wrangled by the Hollywood Arts Council)
  • Gumby (Sponsored by Gumby; Wrangled by Make-A-Wish Foundation)
  • Rilakkuma (Brown Bear), Korilakkuma (White Bear) and Kiiroitori (Yellow Bird) (Sponsored and Wrangled byRilakkuma)
  • Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread House (Sponsored and Wrangled by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not)
  • Pirate & Treasure Chest (Sponsored and Wrangled by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press)
  • Lorax (Sponsored by Variety; Wrangled by Hollywood Central Park)
  • Toy Soldier (Sponsored by Coalition To Salute American Heroes; Wrangled by Women’s American Legion Auxiliary)
  • Garfield & Pookie (Sponsored by Easy Choice Health; Wrangled by Kiwanis) (Representative Robert Gandara)
  • Star, Bell and Ornament (Sponsored and Wrangled by Salvation Army)
  • Candy Canes, Christmas Stocking and Gift Box (Sponsored by Pop Star; Wrangled by U.S. Air Force)

4 Equestrian Units:

  • Knott’s Merry Farm (Buena Park, CA) with Santa Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy with spokesperson Tim Klega
  • Majestic Acres (Ramona, CA)
  • Broken Horn Ropers (Baldwin Park, CA)
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Mounted Enforcement Detail

72 Characters/Novelties:

  • United States Marine Corps Color Guard
  • 30 Movie Picture Cars Supplied by Nate Trumans’ Star Center, including:  Back To The Future DeLoreon, Back To The Future DeLoreon (Part 2), Back To The Future DeLoreon (Part 3), Back To The Future McFly Truck, Transformers Bumblefee, Barbie Car, Toy Story Pizza Planet Truck, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Van, Scooby Doo Van, Cars (Francesco), Herbie The Love Bug (Original), Herbie Fully Loaded, Rockford Files, Magnum PI Ferrari, Austin Powers Shaguar, Blues Brothers Bluesmobile, A-Team Van, Rad Truck, Jurrasic Park Explorer, Jurrasic Park Jeep, Italian Job (Mini), James Bond Living Daylights Landrover, Knight Rider (Kitt), Knight Rider (Karr), Knight Rider (New Mustang Kitt), Highway Patrol Buick, Dukes of Hazarrd (Rosco Patrol Car), Green Hornet (Black Beauty), Batman Police Car GCPG and Batman Joker Police Car
  • United States Air Force Color Guard
  • P51 Mustang and F16 Mini Jets
  • Gumby, with Joe Clokey, son of Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, and his wife Joan Clokey and their children
  • 501st Legion & Rebel Legions
  • Rilakkumma and Korilakkuma, with representative Rina Hoshino
  • Archibald Mouse with author Gradma Sylvia Lieberman and her daughter Dr. Carole Lieberman
  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: Sabrina Sieck, Spokesperson with Unicyclist, Contortionist, Bullwhip Artist, Sword Swallower, Fire Breather
  • Aquarium of the Pacific (two vans with Stingray Costume; Representative, Director or Education, Dave Bader)
  • Friends of Sister Cities of Los Angeles with former Councilmember Tom LaBonge (25 – 30)
  • Victor McGlaglen Motor Corporation and Stunt Team
  • Paddington 2

5 Floats:

  • Rock Band Float with Aerialists, Fan Dancers and Kickline performing with Encore High School Hippogriffs from the Encore Junior/Senior High School for the Arts from Hesperia, CA
  • Nebuta Marching Unit and 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 traditionalwashi 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
  • The Way To Happiness with actress Nancy Cartwright, Voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons.”  Sponsored by the Association for Better Living and Education.
  • Miss Hollywood International Studios, Silvio Nicholas Walters, Presents “Heroes and Villians,” a array of original designs by Silvio Nicholas Walters starring Samantha Hart as The American Commander and Sweety Vaga as Bastet Cat Goddess, along with the Amazon Warriors.  The American Commander is inspired by heroes of today and our common path.  The American Commander represents the idea of empowerment for all people.
  • The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will culminate with the much-awaited arrival of Santa Claus and His Reindeer, ushering in the holiday season, accompanied by two United States Marine Corps escorts.  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:

  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – Hollywood, celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2018, is part of the Ripley’s Entertainment worldwide.
  • Salvation Army
  • Marine Toys For Tots Foundation
  • Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (with at car transporting Emmy Award-winning Jack Scalia and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Williams, U.S. Army (Ret.)
  • Rilakkuma
  • The Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, CA
  • Paddington 2
  • The Australian Institute For Performing Arts
  • Easy Choice Health Care
  • Archibald Mouse
  • Charlie McNeal, Singer and Recording Artist
  • Calprivate Bank
  • Bank of California
  • Knott’s Merry Farm
  • 501st Legion
  • Air Force Mini Jet Team
  • Miss Hollywood International Studios

7 Media Sponsors:

  • The CW
  • The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Entertainment Tonight
  • Variety
  • KOST 103.5 FM

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 86th Anniversary, please visit the parade’s official website at

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