HOLLYWOOD — The 84th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, entitled “The Magic of Christmas,” will be held Nov. 29 starting at 6 p.m.
The parade will be preceded by a concert featuring several former “American Idol” contestants and other stars at 5 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard.
The parade will travel along a 3.2-mile U-shaped route starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard traveling east on Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, turning south on Vine Street to Sunset Boulevard, and then turning west on Sunset Boulevard traveling back to Orange Street.
The comedy-magical team of Penn and Teller will serve as grand marshals of this year’s parade and former boxing great Oscar De La Hoya will receive a Humanitarian Award for his charitable work over the years.
Also participating in the parade are movie and television stars, elected officials, marching bands, equestrian units and sponsors’ floats and vehicles.
The parade will be hosted by Laura McKenzie, Erik Estrada, Dean Cain and Montel Williams,with Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton serving as special guest hosts.
The pre-parade concert will feature Clay Aiken, India.Arie, Taylor Hicks; Alexander Jean featuring B.C. Jean and Mark Ballas; Sean Kingston; Heather Russell; Ruben Studdard; and Ace Young.
The parade will be shown as a two-hour special on the CW Network Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Long-time parade partner Hallmark Channel will air multiple runs beginning Dec. 19 on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel.
The parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Network.
Organizers are predicting that as many as one million people may descend on the streets of Hollywood for the parade, which will result in street and frecway on- and off-ramp closures in the vicinity.
The area along Hollywood Boulevard between Orange and Highland avenues will be closed from 6 a.m. Nov. 28 to 6 a.m. Nov. 30. Other closures are expected from 6 a.m. Nov. 29 to after the parade at 9 or 10 p.m.
Grandstand tickets for the parade are now on sale through Ticketmaster. Those intending to watch the parade can also stake out their own spot along the parade route.