Contents 1 History 1.1 1900s 1.2 2000s 2 Grand Marshals 3 See also 4 References 5 Resources


History[edit] 1900s[edit] Beginning in 1928, Hollywood merchants transformed a one-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard into "Santa Claus Lane" to boost shopping. Part of the promotion was a daily parade featuring Santa Claus and a film star.[1] Originally called the Santa Claus Lane Parade, the inaugural event featured only Santa Claus and the actress Jeanette Loff. The parade continued to grow in scale with the help of local businesses and the community. In 1931 Santa Claus rode a truck-pulled float instead of the reindeer-pulled carriage of previous years. American Legion Post 43 marched with a color guard, drum line and bugle corps. The Parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 due to World War II, but reopened in 1945 with record attendance. In 1946 Gene Autry rode his horse in the parade and was inspired by the children yelling "Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus," to write the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" along with Oakley Haldeman. Autry would become a perennial Grand Marshal of the parade. The parade continued to grow throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, adding floats, animals, bands and celebrities. By 1978, the parade had been renamed the Hollywood Christmas Parade in order to attract more celebrities, and was broadcast locally on KTLA-TV with the help of Autry and Johnny Grant. This change coincided with a shift in the parade's scheduling from Thanksgiving Eve to the Sunday after Thanksgiving. 2000s[edit] In 2002, an attempt to present the parade as a primetime special on NBC proved disastrous. Executive produced by Bob Bain, the hour-long "Blockbuster Hollywood Christmas Spectacular" aired on December 1 on NBC, but ratings were a flop despite the spectacular 170' highfall by stuntman, Mikal Kartvedt, to close out the nationally televised event. The following year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced it would discontinue airing the parade on KTLA and other Tribune Broadcasting stations due to rising production costs. In March 2007, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to end the parade's run due to lack of celebrities and a loss of $100,000 for the 2006 production, which The Associated Press said cost about $1 million to mount. However, later in 2007, the City of Los Angeles created a new parade to replace the Hollywood Christmas Parade, entitled the Hollywood Santa Parade and produced on the weekend after Thanksgiving (the original parade had traditionally been held on the Wednesday evening before the holiday). Participation in the new parade became by invitation only, and Bob Barker, fresh from his farewell tapings as host of The Price Is Right, was that year's Parade Grand Marshal. 2007 and 2008, KTLA had aired the new parade on a tape-delayed basis. It was later announced that MyNetworkTV would telecast the 2009 parade (with the Hollywood Christmas Parade name restored) in two consecutive prime-time showings: the first scheduled for December 10, the second for Christmas Eve night. The parade was then produced by Associated Television International with the 2010 and 2011 parades also being produced by ATI. The parade then aired on The Hallmark Channel, and then later aired in syndication throughout the United States. On 2015, the parade returned to The CW and once again on KTLA as a national event, albeit pre-taped as in past years. Lifestyle became the parade's 1st international broadcaster outside the US, airing for cable viewers in the Philippines given L.A.'s huge Filipino-American presence. The 2017 parade will once again be televised on The CW in the US (through KTLA)[2], and for the Philippines on Lifestyle for the 3rd straight year.


Grand Marshals[edit] 1932 - Joe E. Brown 1972 - General Robert E. Cushman, Jr. 1978 - Bob Hope 1979 - Robert Wagner & Natalie Wood 1980 - Gene Autry 1981 - Dale Evans & Roy Rogers 1982 - Ron Howard 1983 - George Peppard 1984 - Michael Landon 1985 - William Shatner 1986 - Mickey & Minnie Mouse 1987 - James Stewart 1988 - Tony Danza 1989 - Sammy Davis Jr. 1990 - Arnold Schwarzenegger 1991 - Charlton Heston 1992 - Tom Arnold & Roseanne 1993 - Bob Hope & his wife Dolores 1994 - Louis Gossett Jr. 1995 - Tony Danza 1996 - David Hasselhoff 1997 - Tom Arnold 1998 - Robert Urich 1999 - Beau Bridges 2000 - Dennis Hopper & Frankie Muñiz 2001 - Peter Fonda 2002 - Mickey Rooney 2003 - Johnny Grant 2004 - Magic Johnson 2005 - Antonio Villaraigosa 2006 - George López 2007 - Bob Barker 2008 - Joy & Regis Philbin 2009 - Susan Lucci 2010 - Larry King 2011 - Marie Osmond 2012 - Joe Mantegna 2013 - Buzz Aldrin 2014 - Stevie Wonder 2015 - Penn & Teller 2016 - Olivia Newton-John 2017 - Mehmet C. Oz


See also[edit] List of holiday parades


References[edit] ^ Masters, Nathan. "When Hollywood Boulevard Became Santa Claus Lane", KCET, Burbank, 21 December 2012. ^ http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/26/cw-holiday-specials-2016


Resources[edit] Official website Hollywood Christmas Parade (seeing-stars) Hollywood Christmas Parade (Chamber of Commerce) v t e Associated Television International Award shows 36th Daytime Emmy Awards 36th Annual Gracie Awards 37th Daytime Emmy Awards 38th Daytime Emmy Awards Cable television Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp Hollywood Christmas Parade Marie Syndication Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World Laura McKenzie's Traveler Masters of Illusion The World's Funniest Moments v t e Christmas Christmas Eve Children's Day Boxing Day Nochebuena Saint Nicholas Day St. Stephen's Day Sol Invictus Yule In Christianity Biblical Magi Adoration of the Magi Adoration of the Shepherds Advent Angel Gabriel Annunciation Annunciation to the shepherds Baptism of the Lord Bethlehem Christingle Christmastide Epiphany Herod the Great Jesus Joseph Mary Massacre of the Innocents flight into Egypt Nativity Fast Nativity of Jesus in art in later culture Nativity scene Saint Nicholas Star of Bethlehem Twelfth Night In folklore Badalisc La Befana Belsnickel Caganer Christkind Ded Moroz Elves Father Christmas Grýla Jack Frost Joulupukki Knecht Ruprecht Korvatunturi Krampus Mikulás Miner's figure Mrs. Claus Nisse/Tomte North Pole Old Man Winter Olentzero Père Fouettard Père Noël Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Saint Lucy Santa's reindeer Santa's workshop Sinterklaas Tió de Nadal Vertep Yule Cat Yule Lads Zwarte Piet Gift-bringers Saint Nicholas Santa Claus List of Christmas gift-bringers by country Traditions Advent calendar Advent candle Advent wreath Boar's Head Feast Candle arches Cards Carols by Candlelight Cavalcade of Magi Crackers Decorations Events and celebrations Feast of the Seven Fishes Flying Santa Hampers Las Posadas Letters Lights Markets Meals and feasts Moravian star Nine Lessons and Carols NORAD Tracks Santa Nutcrackers dolls Ornaments Parades list Piñatas Pyramids Räuchermann Seals Secret Santa Spanbaum Stamps Stockings Tree Twelve Days Wassailing Windows Yule Goat Yule log By country Australia and New Zealand Denmark Germany Hawaii Hungary Iceland Indonesia Ireland Mexico Norway Philippines Poland Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Sweden Ukraine Music Carols list Hit singles UK Hit singles US Music books Carols for Choirs Oxford Book of Carols New Oxford Book of Carols Piae Cantiones Other media Films Poetry "Old Santeclaus with Much Delight" "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Television specials Yule Log In modern society Advent Conspiracy Black Friday (partying) Black Friday (shopping) Bronner's Christmas Wonderland Christmas club Christmas creep Christmas Day (Trading) Act 2004 Christmas Lectures Christmas Mountains Christmas truce Controversies Cyber Monday Economics Giving Tuesday El Gordo Holiday season In July In August Leon Day NBA games NFL games Puritan New England American Civil War Post-War United States Running of the Santas SantaCon Santa's Candy Castle Small Business Saturday Super Saturday Virginia O'Hanlon White Christmas Winter festivals WWE Tribute to the Troops Xmas Food and drink Dinner Joulupöytä Julebord Kūčios Réveillon Twelve-dish supper Smörgåsbord Wigilia Sweets bûche de Noël Cake Candy cane Cookies Fruitcake Gingerbread Kourabiedes Melomakarono Mince pie Pavlova Pecan pie Pumpkin pie Pudding Rosca de reyes Szaloncukor Turrón Soup Menudo Sauce Cranberry sauce Beverages Apple cider Champurrado Eggnog Mulled wine Smoking Bishop Ponche crema Dumpling Hallaca Tamale Meat Ham Roast goose Romeritos Turkey Stuffing Category Commons Portal Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hollywood_Christmas_Parade&oldid=812003684" Categories: Hollywood history and cultureChristmas television specialsChristmas and holiday season paradesParades in the United StatesTelevision specials by Associated Television InternationalHollywood BoulevardTelevision series by Tribune EntertainmentHidden categories: Articles needing additional references from April 2013All articles needing additional references


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