Hollywood Christmas Parade Tries for World's Longest Red Carpet Record

Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie

Organizers of the annual event, hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, say they're trying for Guinness recognition for the Dec. 1 trek down Hollywood Boulevard.

When the Hollywood Christmas Parade marches down Hollywood Boulevard on Dec. 1, the focus will be on an area organizers say will feature the largest red carpet in history.

“This year’s event will be very special for parade attendees as we will be presenting all of the musical performances on the red carpet area in front of the grandstands,” said Jim Romanovich, president of worldwide media at Associated Television International, which is producing the telecast.

The organizers plan to submit the size of the red carpet to Guinness World Records. They also claim that the parade will have more celebrities than any other.

The hosts again this year are Erik Estrada (World’s Funniest Moments, CHiPS) and Laura McKenzie (World’s Funniest Moments, Laura McKenzie’s Traveler). Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!) and Montel Williams (The Montel Williams Show) will again this year be featured hosts.

The 82nd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade this year takes an international approach with bands from Canada, Australia and Guatemala.

The grand parade that loops from Hollywood Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard is being held closer to holiday season than usual. In past years, it has typically been in late November, right after Thanksgiving.

According to Romanovich, the ATI telecast will be shown on the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel and will be distributed in syndication worldwide. It will also be shown on the American Forces Network and online. This year, as in the past several years, the parade will be produced in association with the City of Los Angeles (Mayor Eric Garcetti). The parade will benefit Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

A pre-show will be held on the red carpet one hour before the parade begins at 6 p.m.

Admission is free, but seats for the grandstand to view the parade are available online for $35 and more.