By Britt Bickel

An annual holiday tradition continues on this year with the City of Los Angeles presenting the 81st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade this Sunday, Nov. 25th at 6 p.m. featuring this year’s Grand Marshall, actor Joe Mantegna!

City Councilman Tom LaBonge stopped by the morning show to give us more details on what you can spot in this year’s parade.

Actor Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, TV’s number one travel expert, will serve as the parade’s co-hosts as holiday floats, celebrities, vintage TV vehicles and performances by The Jabbawockeez, Ashlee Keating and more pass by to entertain all the excited children and spectators.

“The weather is going to be great this weekend,” said Tom. “We have a lot to be thankful for.”

The parade route will start on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange, travel in a U-shape east to Vine, then south to Sunset Blvd., and finally west back to Orange.

For more information on the parade, visit

Listen to our full conversation with Tom LaBonge below to hear a great story about what inspired Gene Autry to write “Here Comes Santa Claus” while riding his horse in the 1946 parade after hearing the crowd chant “here comes Santa Claus”!


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