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Hollywood Christmas Parade ushers in the holidays

HOLLYWOOD — Comedy magic duo Penn & Teller presided over the 84th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade as grand marshals Nov. 29.

The pair, known for their Las Vegas act and CW Network show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” will ride down the Hollywood Boulevard parade route starting at 5 p.m.

Those attending were entertained before the parade by Clay Aiken, India.Arie, Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, Kat Graham, Candice Glover, Sean Kingston, Heather Russell, Ruben Studdard and Ace Young.

The event also featured a performance by Band of Merrymakers, featuring Mark McGrath, Natasha Bedingfield, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra and Sam Hollander.

The parade also featured a “Magic of Christmas” segment with magicians from the TV series “Masters of Illusion.”

Another popular feature was a salute to American soap operas, with appearances by Rick Hearst, Emme Rylan and Bradford Anderson of “General Hospital”; Tristan Rogers, Kate Linder, Bryton James and Christel Khalil of “The Young & The Restless”; Scott Clifton and Jacqueline Macinnes Wood of “The Bold & The Beautiful”; and Martha Madison, Deidre Hall and Galen Gering of “Days of Our Lives.”

Co-hosting duties for the parade were shared by actors and television personalities Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams.

The parade followed a U-shaped route starting from Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Street. It traveled east on Hollywood, south on Vine Street, west on Sunset Boulevard and back to Orange.

The annual Christmas event will be nationally televised on CW Network channels as a two-hour special airing Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Pacific and Eastern times. Subsequent airings will begin Dec. 19 on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade was first held in 1928, when it was called the “Santa Claus Lane Parade.” Comedian Joe E. Brown was the first grand marshal in 1932, a role later filled by Bob Hope, Gene Autry and Jimmy Stewart, among others.

 

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