The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Some Post-Thanksgiving Plans

I know what you’re thinking, Hollywood Christmas Parade? Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already talking about Christmas, what gives? Well, I’d imagine we all have our minds firmly set on munching on some delicious turkey and stuffing during dinner tomorrow. Although, obviously the main part of the holiday is the giving thanks part. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I want you to be thankful for all that you have, especially in turbulent times such as these. And I want you to enjoy a delicious family dinner if you’re able to have one. However, at this point I am just assuming that you have your holiday plans all set for the next couple of days, and that’s why I’m setting you up for a fun weekend. We all know that December brings with it some specific holiday merriment. Let’s get a head start this weekend shall we?

Santa Comes to Hollywood a Month Early

Wait a second. That’s not Santa, that’s Superman! If you’re looking for some fun times this weekend, you’ll have a chance to bring the kids down to Hollywood. That’s right it’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade. 

From Superman to Darth Vader, the Hollywood Christmas Parade puts just as much emphasis on the Hollywood as they do on the Christmas. This Sunday, November 25th, starting at around 5pm make sure you snag a spot to see the parade festivities. You can expect to see numerous floats, celebrities, marching bands, and other types of exciting performances. And luckily if you can’t make it this year in person, you’ll be able to watch the parade on the CW network on December 15th. Head down to Hollywood this Sunday and mix a little bit of Hollywood Stars with your Christmas pregame. Additional information about the event can be found right here at the official parade website.

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The New Year is Here: Celebrate!

Digital effects are projected onto the Los Angeles city hall. P/C REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The New Year is just hours away. No matter whether or not you’ve had a great or not-so-great year, this is always an exciting time. And whether or not you subscribe to the notion of creating New Year’s resolutions, the start of a new year is a great time to get into a positive life rhythm. I personally wish you all well as we venture forth into the unknown.

However, tonight is one final time to dance the night away with 2016. And tomorrow, and in the coming days, a chance to acquaint yourself with 2017. Furthermore, there is plenty of stuff going on around the Southland tonight, as you very well may imagine. Additionally, one such event is the NYE celebration at Grand Park, right next to Los Angeles City Hall.

If you don’t have plans already for tonight, you should check it out. There will be a DJ dropping some popular 2016 tunes, and live bands helping you keep warm by feeding your dancing needs. However, the coolest thing will be the fact that they use City Hall as a 22 story projector and will be showering it with cool images the whole night. And, if you’re trying to avoid dealing with excessive NYE prices, like me, then you’ll be happy to know this event is totally free. Here are some details for the event. I also feel as though I should mention that this is a dry event. So, basically you won’t be able to directly blame this event for any potential hangover tomorrow morning.

Photo by MINDY SCHAUER,

So, every 7 years or so New Year’s day falls on a Sunday, which leads to the oddity of having the famous Rose Parade on Jan 2. instead of first. This just so happens to be one of those years. Luckily, for some people the day of recovery will actually let them make it to the parade. It certainly beats nursing a hangover and sleepily watching it on TV. This event is quintessential “New Year.” I think everyone should try and go once. Why not make this weekend the weekend you decide to do so? The event starts at 8am in Pasadena on Jan 2.

This event is just a treat for the whole family. Wrap everyone in a warm blanket and go wake up early to watch some beautiful floats drive by. Here is a link to the Website for more details. I hope everyone has a great weekend. See you again in the new year!

 

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Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

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This Saturday, Dec 10th, check out the holiday merriment of the 54th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. In addition, you can arrive earlier in the day for some arts & crafts, activities, and snow, at Snow Wonder at Burton Chase Park. However, rightfully so, the focus should be on the over 70 boats that will take part in this years festivities. Approximately 25 thousand people are expected to attend this year, so you better get your spot picked out early. While Snow Wonder runs from 12 to 6pm, the fireworks that kickoff the main event will begin at 5:55pm. The holiday boat parade will run from 6 to 8pm.

Besides attending the event directly, people from around the Marina del Rey area will be able to see the event. Many enjoy the festivities from popular viewing spots like Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park, while others enjoy the view of the parade from a water front restaurant, their balcony at home or from the comfort of their hotel room. This is definitely an event worth seeing. And in a cool bit of national pride, the Grand Marshall of the event is KK Clark. Who is that you may ask? Well, she is a member of the gold medal winning US Olympic water polo team.

Come on down to the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade this Saturday. Here is a link to the website.

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