Getting Parade Ready

It’s almost that time of the year: the 82nd Hollywood Christmas Parade, benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is coming to the streets of Hollywood on Sunday, Dec. 1. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a pre-show, followed by the parade commencing at 6 p.m.  This is one of the few times in the parade’s history that the parade is being held in December, closer to the holidays.

Jim Romanovich, president of Worldwide Media for Associated Television International that will be producing the parade for telecasts on multiple traditional and digital platforms, said, “This year’s event will be very special for parade attendees as we will be presenting all of the musical performances on the red carpet area in front of the grandstands. This year, we are also enjoying more community involvement and participation in the parade as local businesses recognize the advantage of being part of one of the great traditions in Hollywood.”

Erik Estrada (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “CHiPS”) and Laura McKenzie (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler”) will serve as broadcast hosts of the parade. Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”) and Montel Williams (“The Montel Williams Show”) will return in their roles as special featured hosts.  The grand marshal of this year’s parade will be announced soon.

The 82nd Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation will feature celebrities from film, television and stage, award-winning bands, colorful equestrians, ornate floats, spectacular live performers, festive balloons and popular characters/novelties. This year, as in past years, the parade will be produced in association with the City of Los Angeles.

Grandstand tickets for The 82nd Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation are now on sale! Parade attendees can view the event in style and comfort. Reserved grandstand seating are available for purchase within Associated Television International’s “live set” area located on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Street and Highland Avenue.

Tickets for reserved seating in the grandstand for this year’s parade are $85, $65 and $45. For groups of 25 or more, ticket prices per person are $75, $55 and $35. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, including, select Walmart locations, select Simon Mall locations, Curacao locations or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. All seats are reserved at the time the order is placed. There are no refunds or exchanges. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Further information about this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade will be announced later this year. For the latest updates, call the 24/7 parade hotline toll free at 1-866-PARADE1 (866-727-2331) and visit the parade’s official website at