Hollywood Christmas Parade Announces Talent Lineup for 85th Anniversary Celebration

Hollywood Christmas Parade Announces Talent Lineup for 85th Anniversary CelebrationThe 85 th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas event in America, announces the 2016 talent lineup for its landmark anniversary celebration. With Olivia Newton-John as Grand Marshal, musical performances will be featured during the parade and national telecast, and will include the following artists: Olivia Newton-John; Cyndi Lauper; Kenny G; WAR; Eric Bent; Scotty McCreery; The Empty Hearts super group with All Star membersfrom Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kings and The Romantics; Band Of Merrymakers; and more. The parade will also showcase a special magic performance by the stars of the CW's hit series, "Masters of Illusion."

Olivia Newton-John has been named this year's Grand Marshal, and the event will be presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles. Thelive parade, taped for network television, will take place on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The parade's telecast will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton.

The 85th Annual HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE will premiere as a two-hour primetime special onThe CW Network onFriday, December 16, 2016 at8:00 p.m. ET/PT/7:00 Central, repeating on the Hallmark CHANNEL on a date TBA and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT/2:00 p.m. Central.

The parade, benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere, will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Network. A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year, with larger than life inflatable character balloons, award winning bands, colorful equestrians, ornate floats, popular characters/novelties, celebrity filled cars and, of course, Santa Claus making the much heralded trek down the over three mile parade route.

There are a limited number of Grandstand Seats for the 2016 HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE still available for purchase. Tickets range in price from $45 - $85, depending on your seating location. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org/tickets-pricing/ and through Ticketmaster at http://www.Ticketmaster.com/HCP or by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of tickets are available at $24.50 through Groupon at

For information about Group Rates and general questions, please call the 24/7 HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE Hotline toll free at 1-866-PARADE1 (1-866-727-2331). For highlights of past parades, and to learn more about this year's 85th Anniversary, please visit the parade's official website at www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.org. Stay in touch with us via
https://www.facebook.com/xmasparade/ and https://twitter.com/HlywdChristmas @HlywdChristmas #HollywoodChristmasParade #The HCP2016

About the performers:

Olivia Newton-John (http://www.olivianewton-john.com/)

With a career spanning more than five decades, and more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia's successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People's Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, 10 #1 hits and more than 15 Top 10 singles. She recently scored another #1 hit, this time on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, with "You Have to Believe," a duet with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease catapulted Olivia into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time. In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal triumph against cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. After nearly 10 years of fundraising close to $200 million, the ONJCWRC opened its doors in 2012. The Centre provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center (oliviaappeal.com). In 2014, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, a not-for-profit medical research institute within the Centre was launched. Olivia also launched the Liv Aid, a breast self-examination aid that assists women to exercise breast self-exams correctly. She is now cancer free, and has become a passionate advocate in creating awareness for early detection and encouraging women to take a more active role in their breast health.

Cyndi Lauper (http://cyndilauper.com/)

Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning artist who, after 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She's So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Her 11 th studio album released this year titled Detour, features her signature take on country classics from the '40s, '50s, and '60s and includes collaborations by some of country music's most-celebrated artists such as Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Alison Kraus.

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