Hollywood, CA, December 01, 2015—With an estimated one million attendees, Hollywood and Sunset Blvds were packed on both sides with eager fans for the 84th anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade benefiting Toys for Tots. The theme for this year’s event was “The Magic of Christmas” which proved itself as it garnered the help of over 700 local volunteers and 34 local businesses, schools and community service groups. It has become the biggest Christmas Parade in the world with the largest red carpet and the most celebrity participants. The evening started with a holiday concert on Hollywood Blvd featuring an all-star cast including: Clay Aiken; India. Aire; Band of Merrymakers featuring Mark McGrath, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, and Sam Hollander; Daughtry, Diana Degarmo; Kat Graham; Candice Glover; Taylor Hicks; Alexander Jean featuring B.C. Jean and Mark Ballas; Sean Kingston; Heather Russell; Ruben Studdard; and, Ace Young. The parade kicked off with hosts Eric Estrada and Laura McKenzie welcoming the USMC Marching Band representing the Toys for Tots.
The evening’s participants included Congressman Adam Schiff, long time parade-supporter Council Members Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu—participants whose support literally makes the parade possible.
In addition to the above celebrity musicians performing, there were dozens of television and movie celebrities on hand, 17 marching bands from around the world and 7 equestrian units. Thirteen large helium balloons traveled down Hollywood Boulevard including the 5-story tall Captain Tom Bristol with his Treasure Chest, from L. Ron Hubbard’s swashbuckling tale Under the Black Ensign, one of 80 titles from the Stories from the Golden Age www.GalaxyPress.com and sponsored by Author Services, Inc.
Once again, Author Services, Inc. was the location for the red carpet and step & repeat, which has grown to 175 feet in length to accommodate the parade’s growth and volume of media covering the event. Author Services additionally served as the parade’s green room and was filled to capacity with nearly 400 guests.
The parade concluded with Santa Claus wishing all a wonderful and joyous holiday season.
Home – Daughtry
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On behalf of: Buena Vista Music Group
Music by Daughtry performing Home. (C) 2007 19 Recordings Limited