80th Hollywood Christmas Parade Kicks Off the Holidays

Arts and CultureUnrest, Conflicts and WarWorld War II (1939-1945)Television StationsAntonio VillaraigosaErik Estrada

HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) -- The 80th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade went off with full holiday cheer at 6 p.m. Sunday and is set to air on local television stations nationwide throughout December.

The parade traveled on a 2 1/2 mile route through the heart of Hollywood, starting at Hollywood Blvd. and Orange St. before heading south to Vine St. and back to Orange St. on Sunset Blvd.

Fans crowded curbside seats as Marie Osmond reigned as grand marshal.

"America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. performed as 16 marching bands, nine equestrian units and eight floats make their way through the heart of Hollywood.

Other participants included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members of the L.A. City Council, Metta World Peace (formerly known as Lakers Ron Artest Jr.), Mark Ballas, La Toya Jackson, Lighting McQueen, Montel Williams and BooBoo Stewart.

The parade benefited the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

It will air first on the Hallmark Channel on December 12, hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, and will be syndicated nationwide thereafter.

Several major streets were closed for the event most of the day Sunday.

Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd. and Fountain Ave. between Highland and La Brea avenues started closing at midnight Sunday morning. They were reopened at by Sunday at 6 p.m.

Most of the other street closures were lifted by 9 or 10 p.m. Sunday.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade began in 1928.

It was postponed for three years during World War II, but it resumed again in 1945 and has been an annual fixture ever since.

For more information, visit the Hollywood Christmas Parade's official website.

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