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The last time that I had been to Hollywood was just a few weeks prior. I was there to cover the Babes in Toyland show. I remember there being a ton of models, celebrities and musicians running around all over the place. It was a lot of fun and the atmosphere was second to none. It was basically one big social media party with plenty of beautiful people. So, it was quite a change of scenery coming back to Hollywood for Christmastime. Oh yes ladies and gentlemen, Christmas in Hollywood (for what it’s worth) is not too different from that Babes in Toyland Show but with its very own special Christmas twist. The people are still beautiful (as always), but the fun and joy of the holidays are on full display for everyone to experience. The best part of it, it’s right after Thanksgiving and it’s as special now as it has always been.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place but once a year, but oh is it so fun to go to. From the massive list of movie stars to the huge parade balloons and Santa Claus himself, there is just so much to see here. This year was the first year that was (and this is a running theme if you’ve read any of my articles from the last year) fully open and because of that the parade went all out in a big way. The red carpet was full of stars and the stands were full of fans and the sense of holiday cheer that filled the air was something that we had been missing for the longest time.
So, while we have covered this show in the past we were wondering how it was going to play out this time around. We had our doubts on there being a new set of restrictions or even people not wanting to come out that day but thankfully all of those thoughts were thrown right out the window. This really set the tone and the fun atmosphere that everyone was happy to be a part of that day.
It was really nice seeing all the other media outlets that showed up (many of whom we have seen over the years) and the bevy of movie and tv stars that graced us that day (Dean Cain, Montel Williams, Erik Estrada and Tichina Arnold to name a few). And let’s not forget all of the wonderful musicians (such as Savanna Rae and Anna Azerli) that we not only got to meet but hear belt out a few tunes for the audience. One of a lot of people’s favorite celebs to be there that day was none other than the legend himself Danny Trejo. Not only was Danny Trejo there but he was named Grand Marshall! How awesome is that!? Oh yeah, the crowd totally got into it and loved seeing him there. He brings an energy that just radiates to everyone around him. He was a great choice for marshall not only for him but for the icon that he is in LA.
If you’ve never been to the Hollywood Christmas Parade I definitely recommend you check it out. The show takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving and its after the rush of the shopping season so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. There’s a reason that this parade has been so popular and I think that a big part of that is because it kicks off the Christmas season. Check out just some of the pictures from this last show. Always good times.
Words and photos by Daniel Navarrete
This article was prepared or accomplished by Daniel Navarrete in his personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Spektrum Magazine, or its affiliates.