Los Angeles Holiday Parades

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Everyone loves a parade, and in Los Angeles you can welcome Santa when his sled lands in Hollywood or watch a procession of colorfully decorated boats of all shapes and sizes.


Photo courtesy of Hollywood Christmas Parade, Facebook

Every year, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Santa Claus arrives in Tinseltown along with floats, celebrities, and marching bands along Hollywood Boulevard. The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade took place on Sunday, Nov. 30 beginning at 5 p.m. The Grand Marshals were the award-winning magicians and entertainers, Penn & Teller. The parade was once again hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, with celebrity guest hosts Dean Cain and Montel Williams.

Starting on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange, the U-shaped parade route traveled east to Vine Street, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard, and west on Sunset back to Orange. The pre-parade concert featured Michael Turco and Johnathan Pendragon from Masters of Illusion, Clay Aiken, Alexander Jean, India.Arie and more.

Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade (Dec. 5, 2015)

Photo courtesy of The Port of Los Angeles, Facebook

Celebrating its 53nd year with a playful “Santa’s Minions” theme, the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat marks the beginning of the holiday season for harbor boaters, the surrounding communities of Wilmington, San Pedro, and the beach cities of the South Bay. Los Angeles Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, Kelli Bernard will lead this year’s parade as Grand Marshal along with Commodore of the Fleet, 15th District Councilman Joe Buscaino aboard the Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, the official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles.

Vessels of all shapes and sizes participate in the parade, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft. Taking place on Saturday, Dec. 5, the Holiday Afloat Parade starts at 6 p.m. in the East Basin Channel of the Port of Los Angeles. Thousands of spectators watch the mile-long procession from public viewing stations along the route, including the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Ports O’ Call Village.

Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade (Dec. 6, 2015)

35th Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade
Image courtesy of San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

The 35th Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade takes place on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1-3 p.m. in Historic Downtown San Pedro. Thousands line the parade route each year to cheer on the bands, drill teams, schools and non-profit organizations, elected officials and celebrities as they make their way through San Pedro. The parade begins at the corner of 13th Street and Pacific Avenue, goes north along Pacific Avenue to 6th Street, turns east and proceeds along 6th Street to the disbanding area at Liberty Plaza, 5th and Palos Verdes Streets.

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 12, 2015)

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade | Photo courtesy of King Harbor Yacht Club, Facebook

The 24th Annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, Dec. 12. The entire harbor along Harbor Drive lights up with festively decorated boats and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) parading sparkling, colored lights and seasonal decorations. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. and the boats follow at 5:30 p.m. The nautical parade is free and can be viewed from popular locations like the King Harbor Marina, Portofino Hotel, Seaside Lagoon Sea Wall, and local restaurants like Joe's Crab Shack. The 2015 Grand Marshall and theme are TBA.

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 12, 2015)

Photo courtesy of Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, Facebook

Now in its 53rd year, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade kicks off at 5:55pm on Saturday, Dec. 12 with a traditional fireworks display, followed by the parade from 6-8 p.m., rain or shine. The 2015 Grand Marshal is television icon Florence Henderson and this year’s theme is “Adventures On the Sea.” The parade boats circle the Marina’s main channel several times as spectators watch from popular viewing spots like Burton Chace Park, Fisherman's Village and other waterfront venues. The official after-parade party is at Whiskey Red’s.

127th ROSE PARADE (JAN. 1, 2016)

City of Los Angeles float in the 2014 Rose Parade
City of Los Angeles float in the 2014 Rose Parade | Photo courtesy of Prayitno, Discover L.A. Flickr group

The 127th Rose Parade is taking place on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units. The theme for the 2016 Rose Parade is “Find Your Adventure,” the result of a unique partnership between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service. The 127th Rose Parade will help spotlight the centennial celebration of America’s national parks. Filmmaker Ken Burns, who has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed documentaries about the history of the United States, is the 2016 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal. During a career that spans nearly 40 years, Burns has been honored with countless awards, including 14 Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations.

Tickets for reserved grandstand seating are on sale through Dec. 31, 2015. Curbside viewing is also available on a first-come, first-served basis. For detailed information on tickets, locations and schedules, visit tournamentofroses.com/events/roseparade.