The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade will be held in the streets of Hollywood, CA this Sunday, November 25, 2012, kicking off with a Pre-Parade Spectacular Show from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by the parade proper from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Pre-Parade performers will include: American Musical and Dramatic Academy's Choral Group performing "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town;" Cirque de Soleil's "IRIS" – 20 Cast Members, including Tumblers and Dancers; Jabbawockeez, World-Famous Dance Crew; Ashlee Keating, Pop Recording Artist with Dancers performing "All I Want For Christmas;" Kimberley Locke, Singer, "American Idol" Finalist singing "Silver Bells;" West Coast Singers – Gay and Lesbian Chorus singing "Hey Santa" and Joel Ward, Magician from "Masters of Illusion" performing to music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."
Presented by The City of Los Angeles, the Hallmark Channel and Associated Television International, which is executive producing the live parade and telecast of it, this year's parade will feature: 200 Film, Television and Stage Celebrities and VIPS; 7 Pre-Parade Live Performers; 21 Award-Winning Bands, including 14 from the state of California and 7 from out of state; 8 Equestrian Units; 6 Floats; 14 Balloons and 52 Special Characters/Novelties. Celebrities from popular television shows like: "Big Daddy," "Criminal Minds," "General Hospital," "Glee," "Jessie," "Supah Ninjas," "The First Family," and "The Neighbors," among others, will participate. Hollywood's Santa Parade, LLC serves as a producer of the live parade.
Joe Mantegna, Film/Television/Stage Star, Tony Award and Emmy Award-Winning and Golden Globe Award-Nominated Actor ("Glengarry Glen Ross" – Broadway, "Bleacher Bums" – PBS, "Criminal Minds," "The Rat Pack," "The Godfather: Part III," "The Simpsons Movie," "Joan of Arcadia," "The Starter Wife," "The Last Don," National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum) serves as Grand Marshal.
Erik Estrada ("World's Funniest Moments," "CHiPs") and Laura McKenzie("World's Funniest Moments," "Laura McKenzie's Traveler") serve as Parade Broadcast Hosts. Elizabeth Stanton ("Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World") and Rob Pinkston ("Punk'd," "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide") serve as Parade Roving Reporters.
Grandstand tickets for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now on sale!!! Parade attendees can view the event in style and comfort. Reserved Grandstand Seating for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now available for purchase within Associated Television International's "live set" area located on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Street and Highland Avenue.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, including Ticketmaster.com (search for Hollywood Christmas Parade), select Walmart locations, select Simon Mall locations, Curacao locations or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. On Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, Grandstand Tickets will be available for purchase at a Ticket Booth Kiosk located on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard, west of Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA.
For updates and further information about The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots, please call the 24/7 Parade Hotline at 1-866-PARADE1 (1-866-727-2331) and visit the parade's official website, WWW.THEHOLLYWOODCHRISTMASPARADE.COM.
This year's live parade on November 25th will be taped for national broadcasts on The Hallmark Channel to air on December 10th and on the The Hallmark Movie Channel on December 21st.