Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John

Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John

The Hollywood Christmas Parade, an annual Southern California tradition celebrated its 85th year on Sunday, November 27.

Hollywood’s Christmas Parade is considered the west coast version of New York’s Macy’s Day Parade.  With its larger than life inflatable character balloons, nationwide marching bands, Equestrian Units, floats, movie cars, and a slew of celebrities. More than one million spectators every year gather along a 3.2 mile parade route down Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard.

Olivia Newton-John has been honored as Parade Grand Marshal for this year’s parade.  A Certificate of Recognition from The City of Los Angeles was presented to Newton-John by actor Eric Estrada for her career accomplishments.

A live Pre-Parade Celebrity Concert featured Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John singing her hit “Xanadu” and her new Christmas song “There’s Still My Joy”.

Kenny G and Cyndi Lauper

Kenny G and Cyndi Lauper

Additional celebrities performing live included the band ‘War’ rocking the crowd with their hits “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends”, followed by Mark McGrath and Lisa Loeb with their band of Merrymakers, Julia Ara, Cassidy Diana, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, Masters of Illusion Magician Tommy Wind, Kenny G and Cyndi Lauper.

Strong freezing winds created a challenge for balloon handlers as they tried to control giant character balloons from flying off into the bleachers.   A few Equestrian unit accidents down the parade route had crowds cheering with amusement for the quick and diligent action of the clean-up crew.

85th Hollywood Christmas Parade

85th Hollywood Christmas Parade

The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour prime-time special on The CW Network on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT) featuring hosts Eric Estrada and Laura McKenzie.

The parade special will also repeat on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT (2:00 p.m. CT) and will air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on the American Forces Network.