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.
Every year, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day, Santa Claus arrives in Tinseltown along with floats, celebrities, and marching bands for a spectacular parade on Hollywood Boulevard. The 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on Sunday, Dec. 1, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Grand Marshal is Buzz Aldrin, the legendary astronaut and second man to walk on the moon, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the man whose name and persona inspired the iconic character of Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story movies. The 82nd edition of this American tradition is once again hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie. Starting on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange, the U-shaped parade route travels east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset, and back to Orange. There are numerous places to watch the parade for free along the route, or you can purchase grandstand seats, which start at $45 each. Group discounts are available.
The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District present the 33rd Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1. With the theme "Celebrating 125 Years," the parade takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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, celebrities and corporate participants as they make their way through downtown San Pedro.
Celebrating its 51st year with the theme of “Holidays Around the World,” the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat marks the beginning of the holiday season for LA Harbor boaters, the surrounding communities of Wilmington, San Pedro, and the beach cities of the South Bay. Senator Roderick D. Wright is this year’s Grand Marshal. Officials and community leaders take part in the parade as judges or passengers on dozens of parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes participate, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships, and harbor working craft. The Holiday Afloat Parade starts at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 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 Battleship IOWA and Ports O’ Call Village. A celebration immediately follows the parade at The Buccaneer Yacht Club from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m.
The 22nd annual King Harbor Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Redondo Beach. The entire harbor along Harbor Drive lights up with brilliantly decorated boats parading sparkling, colored lights and seasonal decorations. The nautical parade is free and can be seen from many of the pier or marina restaurants, or along the break wall.
Now in its 51st year, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade kicks off at 5:55pm on Sunday, Dec. 15 with a traditional fireworks display. With the theme of “Holiday Magic,” the parade itself takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., rain or shine. Led by Grand Marshals Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss, the parade boats circle the Marina’s main channel several times. As in previous years, the parade boats will be judged on Saturday evening.
Experience an unforgettable view of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade from the deck of a festively-decorated Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht. The Hornblower Parade of Lights Dinner Cruise includes a boarding glass of champagne, cash bar, four-course seated dinner and DJ. Boarding is at 5:00 p.m. and the cruise is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $104 per person, $93.60 for Seniors/Military, and child is $62.40 (ages 4-12).
With the theme of “Dreams Come True," the 125th Rose Parade is taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. PST, featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, an American sports icon and “the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers” for 64 years, is the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Tournament of Roses and will ride in the parade on New Year’s Day. Tickets for reserved grandstand seating are priced from $45 to $90. Curbside viewing is also available on a first-come, first-served basis.