Photos: Rolling out the red carpet for 90th anniversary of Hollywood Christmas Parade
Los Angeles (CNN) — Just days before the 90th anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade kicks off on December 23, the local organizers are already celebrating the event’s history.
The event itself, now in its 11th year, will be a three-day celebration of Christmas and of the city of L.A. at the start of the holiday season.
In addition to an extra day of entertainment, a Santa Claus appearance, a children’s parade and numerous other events, there will be a fireworks display after the parade and then Santa will arrive at the Angel City Ballroom at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a question-and-answer session with the crowd.
The 90th anniversary edition of the tradition is set to feature the same number of marching bands as in previous years, a few more television camera crews and one more stagecoach. (All the parade photos are from the past year.)
The parade has undergone several changes in recent years, mainly to make way for the Angel City Ballroom at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and it was announced that the parade will be televised live on TVA as well as online.
There will be no red-light running, but there will be a few police presence for the parade, the city said.
“So just to be safe, we are trying to figure out what kind of security we need,” said City Manager Paul M. Rencher during the parade in 2003. “It just depends on how the parade goes — if it’s big and people run into each other… then you have to be a bit more careful.”
This year’s route will be longer and include a new element, he said: A short parade to the beach with floats that will be followed by the Santa Claus segment.
If the parade is packed and packed with people “we’re going to have to be more careful, I guess,” Rencher said.
The Santa Claus parade
Santa Claus will arrive at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion