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Major Hollywood streets and 101 Freeway ramps closed Sunday for annual Christmas parade

Major Hollywood streets and 101 Freeway ramps closed Sunday for annual Christmas parade
Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John performs at the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in 2016. (Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

Heading to Hollywood? Plan for some major street closures and watch out for parking restrictions that continue through most of Sunday, when post-Thanksgiving traffic across the region promises to be a headache.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the 86th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, which begins with a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday followed by the parade at 6 p.m. This year’s grand marshal is Dr. Oz.

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The parade route will begin at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, by the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the TCL Chinese Theater, and proceed east on Hollywood Blvd toward Vine Street, before turning back on Sunset Boulevard toward Orange Drive.

Parking restrictions for the parade will be strictly enforced, with violators being cited and their cars impounded, Los Angeles Department of Transportation officials said. (Impounded vehicles will be towed to the official police garage at Hollywood Tow Service, 1015 N. Mansfield Ave., and can be looked up at www.opglaviic.com)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Sunday. (Courtesy of the Hollywood Christmas Parade)

Here are the major road closures and “tow-away no stopping” restrictions. Click here for a full list of street closures:

From midnight Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday:

  • Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive

  • Orange Drive between Hollywood Boulevard and Hawthorn Avenue

From 6 a.m. to midnight Sunday:

  • Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Orange Drive

From 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday:

  • Sunset Boulevard between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue

  • Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue

  • Cherokee Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue

  • Sycamore Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Fountain Avenue

  • Orange Drive between Franklin Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard

From 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday:

  • Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Vine Street

  • Vine Street between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard

  • Sunset Boulevard between Vine Street and Highland Avenue

  • Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue and Highland Avenue

  • Santa Monica Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Gower Street

  • Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Sunset Boulevard

  • La Brea Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Fountain Avenue

  • Cahuenga Boulevard between Yucca Street and Hollywood Boulevard (west side of street only)

  • Yucca Street between Gower Street and Argyle Street (north side of street only)

And from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, the northbound and southbound offramps of the 101 Freeway at Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue will be closed.

Transportation officials are urging parade visitors to use public transit. For real-time traffic updates, visit: trafficinfo.lacity.org.

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