As Hollywood gears up for the holiday season, organizers of the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade unveiled plans for a bigger and better celebration this year that will feature musical performances from Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes and William Shatner.
Bill Ray Cyrus, the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Kenny Loggins, The McClain Sisters, Richie Sambora and Olate Dogs, as well as Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo are also scheduled to take the stage on Dec. 1 for the event which will later be broadcast on a number of television stations throughout December.
The two-hour special will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Dec. 11 before airing again on the Hallmark Movie Channel on Dec. 20 and 24, while over 350 stations — including KTLA — will broadcast the event Dec. 20. It will also air to over 1 million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Television Network.
Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams will host the event, which will also feature appearances from Debby Ryan, Susan Lucci, Wayne Brady, Marie Osmond, Taylor Hicks, Larry King, Joe Mantegna with the cast of “Criminal Minds,” and stars of “The Young and the Restless” to celebrate the soap opera’s 40th anniversary.
The marching bands, giant balloons, classic cars, equestrian groups and other participants will begin their route on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange Drive, travel east to Vine Street, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange.