Dr. Oz honored as Grand Marshal for the 86th Hollywood Christmas Parade.
His show has won nine daytime Emmy awards, he is a professor of surgery at Columbia University, an author of over 400 publications including a magazine with the Hearst Publication “The Good Life” and has received numerous patents. It is no wonder why Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., better known as Dr. Oz has been chosen to be this year’s Grand Marshal.
Before the start of the parade, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell presented Dr. Oz with a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for his career accomplishments.
A pre-parade concert included performances by The Village People celebrating 40 years of music—performing familiar hit songs such as “In the Navy”, “Macho Man” and “YMCA” and a special holiday performance of “A Very Merry Christmas To You.”
Followed by musical performances by Cee Lo Green, Reuben Studdard, country singer Tom Dixon, Nick Fradiani—Season 14 American Idol winner, Nickelodeon’s Breanna Yde, Julia Ara, The Tearaways, and the Band of Merrymakers minus Mark McGrath.
Masters of Illusion magicians Tommy Wind and Titou entertained the crowd with their art of mystical illusion.
Eric Estrada and Laura McKenzie returned this year as parade hosts along with Dean Cain and Montel Williams—with special guest co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton.
This year’s celebrity lineup included Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman TV series riding in the Batmobile, actress Tara Reid, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow from “Leave it to Beaver”, Asia Monet from “Grey’s Anatomy”, Reno Wilson from “Mike and Molly” and Nancy Cartwright—the voice of Bart Simpson just to name a few.
The warmer than usual weather made it more comfortable for thousands of parade goers to enjoy the show as they lined up along a 3.2 mile parade route down Hollywood Blvd.
20 larger than life balloon characters with Betty Boop leading the way down the red carpet—followed by a huge lineup of high school marching bands from across the U.S., the Marine Corp Marching Band from San Diego, military color guards, equestrian units, celebrity cars, dancing performances and floats.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an annual event filmed the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The show will premiere as a two-hour special on the CW Network on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. PT/ET (7 p.m. CT). The show will also air on The Hallmark Channel and worldwide on The American Forces Network during the holiday season.
For more information visit website: www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com.