The Hollywood Christmas Parade will return Sunday night interestingly since the flare-up of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing marching bands, floats, balloons and celebrities including Danny Trejo and Tom Arnold to a 3.2-mile route in Hollywood.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange Drive and continue down Hollywood to Vine Street, then, at that point, down Vine to Sunset Boulevard, and afterward on Sunset back toward La Brea Avenue. Streets will be shut down nearby, and the U.S. 101 offramps at Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue will be shut during the afternoon.
The event has been a yearly practice starting around 1928, avoiding only a couple of years during World War II and last year for the COVID-19 pandemic. Parade organizers are asking participants to wear veils to ensure themselves as well as other people in the group. March co-has Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada have purchased in excess of 10,000 expendable veils to disperse in the grandstands and close by regions, occasion marketing specialist Steve Moyer said.
“We’re asking everybody to be observant and careful and considerate of other people — even if they are fully vaccinated,” Moyer said. He also encouraged eventgoers to arrive early and take public transit if possible.