The 81st annual Hollywood Christmas Parade began Sunday night November 26, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. for a 3.2-mile route down Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street and
The 81st annual Hollywood Christmas Parade began Sunday night November 26, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. for a 3.2-mile route down Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street and back along Sunset Boulevard. Cirque du Soleil characters from IRIS were part of the broadcast. Actor Joe Mantegna served as grand marshal for the parade as a balloon of Elmo floats behind him. (Dean Musgrove/ Staff Photographer)