Joe Mantegna Named Grand Marshal of Hollywood Christmas Parade
Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna has been named grand marshal of the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, which kicks off the holiday season on Nov. 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
The parade, which organizers promise will include over 100 celebrities, will be shown on The Hallmark Channel nationwide on Dec. 10, hosted by Erik Estrada (CHiPs) and Laura McKenzie (World’s Funniest Moments), with Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) hosting the musical portion of the televised special.
It will also be syndicated nationally and air on the American Forces Network.
Emmy and Tony award winner Mantegna (Glengarry Glen Ross, Godfather III) said being grand marshal “means a great deal to me to [be a] part of this fine American tradition that has brought wonderful holiday cheer to millions over its 80-year history,”
The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade benefits the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation. The parade, first held in 1928 starts at 6:30 pm, will travel 3.2 miles from Hollywood Boulevard around to Sunset Boulevard. It will feature 20 bands, six floats and other attractions.
Admission is free but seats for the grandstand to view the parade are available online for $35 each.
A pre-show will also be held on a red carpet grandstand area before the actual parade beginning at 5:30 pm. The scheduled performers include American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s Iris.
The parade is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, the Hallmark Channel and Associated Television International, which is executive producing the live parade and telecast. Jim Romanovich and David Martin are executive producers. Bill Lomas will produce the live parade for Hollywood’s Santa Parade.
“Angelenos have always had a tremendous sense of community,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The Hollywood Christmas Parade is a festive event that truly embodies the holiday spirit and giving back. It is a fun way to bring the community together every year.”