The annual Christmas parade began over 75 years ago, in 1928. It was originally called the “The Santa Claus Lane Parade”
It was the inspiration for singer Gene Autry’s song “Here Comes Santa Claus” (“…right down Santa Claus Lane”).
The event was later renamed “The Hollywood Christmas Parade.”
The 82nd annual parade will be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 6 PM.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.
In 2010 the parade incorporated several Macy’s-style giant balloons, and the parade always includes stars from movies and television riding in open antique convertibles, There are also floats, cartoon characters, equestrian units, and of course Santa Claus, riding an 18-foot-high, 62-foot-long float in the grand finale.
The event is telecast in front of the Dolby Theatre, and a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard is covered with red carpet for the start of the parade. The reserved grandstand bleachers are located along the prime area. It’s free to stand along Hollywood Blvd and watch the parade but if you want a seat in the stands you will need to purchase a ticket from Ticketmaster.
Over one million people turn out each year to view the parade, so finding a curbside viewing spot isn’t easy. If you do not have a reserved seat, try and be in Hollywood at least three hours before the parade.