Independent Staff Report
HOLLYWOOD — Musical fireworks will light up the streets Sunday for the 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is held.
Prior to the start of the parade at 6 p.m., a concert will be held featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Ray Cyrus, William Shatner, Kenny Loggins, Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls, Richie Sambora, the McLain Sisters, Ace Young and Diane DeGarmo, Olate Dogs and Glee Club Australia.
Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut and second man to walk on the moon, will serve as grand marshal and the holidays will be ushered in with the arrival of the float of the star of the parade, Santa Claus.
Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie will serve as broadcast hosts of the parade and Dean Cain and Montel Williams will return as special featured hosts of the parade.
The 82nd version of the parade will travel on a U-shaped 3.2 mile-route starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling east on Hollywood to Vine Street, where the route turns south to Sunset Boulevard. The parade continues west on Sunset to Orange.
Organizers say more than 5,000 people will participate in this year’s parade and there will be 10,000 square feet of red carpet blanketing Hollywood Boulevard in front of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on a live set where Associated Television International will tape the parade for national televised broadcasts of the parade on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel to be aired during the holiday season.
The parade will be shown as a two-hour special on the Hallmark Channel Dec. 11, followed by an airing on the Hallmark Movie Channel Dec. 20.
It also will air locally on KTLA Channel 5 Dec. from 8 to 10 p.m., and also will be telecast to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide via the American Forces Television Network.
Streets in the vicinity of the parade will be closed to traffic, and the Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue exits from the Hollywood (101) Freeway will be closed from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday.