The streets of Hollywood was filled with viewers to watch the 82th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1st. The parade benefits The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
This year's Grand Marshal was Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Eric Estrada and Laura McKenzie returned as broadcast hosts with Dean Cain and Montell Williams as special segment hosts.
Actress Valerie Harper ( “Rhoda,” “Mary Tyler Moore Show”) was recognized as the “Most Inspirational Person of the Year.”
A star studded list of musical artists performed on the Hollywood Christmas Parade stage including Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Loggins, Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls, Richie Sambora, William Shatner, McClain and Ace Young with Diane DeGarmo.
Other stars riding in the parade were William DeVry, Sean Kanan from “General Hospital", Judi Evans, Jen Lily and Wally Kurth from Days of our Lives, Christina Ferrare “Home & Family”, John McCook from the "The Bold and the Beautiful", Nia Peeples from "Pretty Little Liars”, Mark Steines "Home & Family", Tristan Rogers from "Young and The Restless", cast members from "The Neighbors", "Melissa and Joey", "See Dad Run" and "Awkward" to name a few.
The parade will be telecast in a special two hour television event, premiering on the Hallmark Channel on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, followed an encore broadcast on Friday, December 20, 2013. The parade will also be broadcast on many stations across the country. Please check your local listings in your area.
I spoke with musician Richie Sambora on the red carpet during the event. Click on the video link to see what he said about performing with Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi and holiday plans. Click on the photo slide show to see photos of Richie from the event.
Check back to this page for more reports on the parade and interviews as I was live on the scene.