By Aymara Lima
On November 27, 2016 I had the honor to be a part of the 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas celebration in America. This year the star Olivia Newton-John was in the first car as the Grand Marshal. What a beautiful show it was! I hosted from a stage that announced the parade to over 2,000 people. On stage with me was the award winner director David Bartlett and singer/song writer Glenda Benevides, who gave us a breath-taking performance singing the National Anthem prior to the opening of the parade.
The parade included many large marching bands, colorful floats and specialty acts from around the world. Some of these included dancers and performers from Korea, rare award-winning Black Clydsedale horses, floats from The Way To Happiness book and The Simpson’s TV show, and over 30 cars from famous TV shows and films were included, as well as many large hot air balloons such as Gumby, Pac Man and a huge Santa Garfield. It was all followed by a special visit from Santa himself.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW Network on December 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, repeating on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel as well. The parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Network. A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year.
It was an amazing experience for me, and I recommend it. If you are in Hollywood in November next year, come and watch it live!