'Community's' Yvette Nicole Brown on Universal Studios' "Grinchmas" Party: "I Needed This"
"Whether our noses are turned up or down, or our face is green, we can all come together, and I really needed that.”
Every Who in Whoville — plus the likes of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, married actors Alexa PenaVega (of Spy Kids movie fame) and Carlos PenaVega (Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush) and Community star Yvette Nicole Brown – turned out to celebrate "Grinchmas" at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday.
The evening festivities included a tree lighting, fireworks display, an a cappella performance by "The Wholiday Singers" and a first-ever "Mayoral Proclamation of Grinchmas," delivered by Garcetti in Seussian rhyme.
Then the Grinch himself appeared, accompanied by his long-suffering canine companion, Max the Dog, joining a choral ensemble of Whos in a performance attended by over 200 children from the L.A. Unified School District.
“The best thing is watching these kids, seeing all their faces light up when the Grinch came onstage,” Carlos PenaVega said.
The event marked the kick-off to the theme park's month-long “Grinchmas” season, offering those in attendance a momentary reprieve from the headlines.
“You know, after everything that’s happened in our country the last few days, I needed this. I needed to be here right now,” said Brown, referencing the grand jury decisions not to indict two police officers whose actions led to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both unarmed African-Americans.
“I think it’s so great we can all come together whether we’re humans or Whos or Grinches," says Brown. "Whether our noses are turned up or down, or our face is green, we can all come together, and I really needed that.”
“Grinchmas” is included in the price of theme park admission and runs weekends Dec. 6-14 and daily Dec. 19 - January 3.