Monday, December 09, 2013

GO:LA - Hollywood Christmas Parade - LA Weekly

Is there any other Christmas parade in the world that can boast about having named Tom Arnold as grand marshal twice? Maybe but certainly not one as big as the Hollywood Christmas Parade. When the parade first started in 1928, only one person was wearing a costume: Santa Clause. Nobody was standing around dressed as Elmo taking photos for tips. If a guy milling about looked like Charlie Chaplin, it was probably actually Chaplin. Eighty-five years later, Hollywood Boulevard has become the Times Square of Los Angeles and the daily parade of weirdos and tourists is the perfect fit for celebrities and drumlines to strut their stuff in a light jacket. The annual tradition has had its ups and downs but this year’s grand marshal, Buzz Aldrin, is all class. Hopefully he can come back next year and tie Tom Arnold’s record.

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