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Cortney Lofton as Santa Clause during a press conference for The 91st Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade Supporting Marine Toys for Tots at the Ovation Hollywood in Hollywood, CA on Monday, November 20, 2023. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
It wasn’t the Hollywood Christmas Parade itself on Monday, Nov. 20, when a crowd of colorful characters and city officials gathered at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. It was an upbeat peek at what parade-goers will enjoy on Sunday, Nov. 26 when the beloved longtime parade makes its way down Hollywood Boulevard.
At the press conference, Santa Claus and the Grinch both spoke to the crowd, and the PAVA World Korean Traditional Ban performed for the VIPs, journalists and others gathered outside the Ovation Hollywood. Mulan, the legendary folk heroine from Chinese history, was there, and so were the Lion Dancers, who perform traditional dance in which they mimic a lion’s movements.
Magicians Nick Dopuch and Mat O’Neill got the crowd laughing, and 100 other performers created a colorful and appreciative audience. Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman, who represents Hollywood and its environs, welcomed all to come to the parade.
Keep in mind that many streets will be closed and “no parking” signs will go up starting on Saturday and remaining through Sunday. And at 3 p.m. on Saturday the 101 Freeway northbound and southbound off-ramps for Cahuenga Boulevard will be closed.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade, supporting Marine Toys for Tots, will be presented on Sunday by Associated Television International in association with the City of Los Angeles.
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