Bret Michaels honored at Hollywood Christmas Parade

Michaels will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award

Bret Michaels will be honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1st. In addition to receiving the award, Michaels will be performing two hit songs.

The global music superstar and longtime philanthropist will also be making a special Christmas relief trip to give back to the people of the Bahamas and Puerto Rico shortly after.

“Michaels’ relentless effort to give back is why we chose to recognize him for this year’s award. He is continuously looking for opportunities to help others, so in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in September, he knew he needed to do something to help,” comments Sharratt MacEachern, the co-executive producer of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. “At his own expense, Michaels will take his own plane to drop-off much needed supplies and toys to people of the Bahamas and Puerto Rico — many of whom are still badly hurting in the wake of Hurricane Dorian and Hurricane Maria’s devastation. This giving spirit is another example of why the Hollywood Christmas Parade recognized Michaels with the Humanitarian of the Year award.”

The landmark anniversary celebration will take place on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on Sunday, December 1st at 5 pm PT. The host of Access Hollywood, Mario Lopez, and the Lopez family, are this year’s Grand Marshals. They will join an eclectic array of musical performances featured during the parade and national telecast, including Jesse & Joy, Dionne Warwick, Brandon Jenner, Sheléa, The Band Of Merrymakers, Rock of Ages, Shawn Wayans presents The Boo Crew, Phil Vassar, David Archuleta, Ace Young & Diana DeGarmo, James Maslow, Ashen Moon with Mikalah Gordon and Brandon Rogers. The parade will also feature a special tribute for Toys for Tots and a magic performance by Mai Wynn and Farrell Dillon of The CW hit series, Masters of Illusion.

The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-host Elizabeth Stanton. It will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW Network on Friday, December 13th at 8 pm ET/PT. The parade, featuring Marine Toys for Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere, will also air on the Hallmark Channel shortly after as well as on American Forces Network, to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide. The event will be presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles.

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.

Michaels is currently on his Unbroken World Tour with his solo band. He is prepping a big 2020 summer with Poison, who is rumored to be touring North American stadiums with Def Leppard and a reunited Mötley Crüe.

Buddy Iahn
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