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 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade took place on Sunday, Nov. 27. The Grand Marshal was award-winning singer, actress and health advocate, Olivia Newton-John. The parade was once again hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, with celebrity guest hosts Dean Cain and Montel Williams, along with Garrett Clayton and Elizabeth Stanton.

Starting on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange, the U-shaped parade route travels east to Vine Street, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard, and west on Sunset back to Orange. To get to the parade, Go Metro and take the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood/Vine or Hollywood/Highland Station.

Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade (Dec. 3, 2016)

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Celebrating its 54th year with a "Hollywood at the Harbor" theme, the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade 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. Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of Fox 11’s new hit series Rosewood, will lead this year’s parade as Grand Marshal. The Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, the official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles, will participate in the parade along with vessels of all shapes and sizes, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft.

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. 4, 2016)

The 36th Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade takes place on Sunday, Dec. 4 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.

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 10, 2016)

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Now in its 54th year, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade kicks off at 5:55pm on Saturday, Dec. 10 with a traditional fireworks display, followed by the parade from 6-8 p.m., rain or shine. Inspired by this year's theme, "An Animated Holiday," 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 2016 Grand Marshal is KK Clark of Team USA Water Polo, which won a Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade (Dec. 10, 2016)

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

Celebrating its 25th anniversary with an "All American Holiday" theme, the King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade is taking place on Saturday, Dec. 10. The entire harbor along Harbor Drive lights up with festively decorated boats and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) parading with sparkling, colored lights and seasonal decorations. The parade starts with SUP/paddlecraft at 4 p.m. and the decorated boats follow at 5:30 p.m. The Holiday Boat Parade is free and can be viewed from popular locations like the King Harbor Marina, Portofino Hotel, Seaside Lagoon Seawall, and local restaurants.

128th ROSE PARADE (JAN. 2, 2017)

Rendering of "Follow the Sun," the City of Los Angeles float in the 128th Rose Parade
Rendering of "Follow the Sun," the City of Los Angeles float in the 128th Rose Parade

The 128th Rose Parade is taking place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units.

The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, “Echoes of Success,” tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others. Three of Southern California's greatest Olympians were announced as the 2017 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshals: Janet Evans, Allyson Felix and Greg Louganis. All three Olympians serve on the LA 2024 Athletes’ Advisory Commission, ensuring Olympians and Paralympians are involved in all aspects of L.A.’s plans and bid for the 2024 Games.

Top Olympians and Parlaympians will ride the City of Los Angeles float, "Follow the Sun," celebrating its 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid. Created in partnership with LA 2024 and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the float will bring to life the city’s iconic venues and will feature Olympic and Paralympic legends, including Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Lex Gillette and April Ross. L.A.'s commitment to sport and healthy living will be further represented on the float by several young Angeleno athletes with the LA84 Foundation, the youth sports nonprofit funded by the success of the 1984 Games.

For detailed information on tickets, locations and schedules, visit tournamentofroses.com/events/roseparade.