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This weekend, the 80th Anniversary Hollywood Christmas Parade kicks the holiday season into high gear, and some of your favorite soap stars are along for the ride! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Goddard (Cane), Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) and Kate Linder (Esther) can be seen riding in cars along the parade route, while Heather Tom (Katie) and Jacob Young (Rick) will be representing THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. Marie Osmond -- who's set to make an appearance on B&B next year -- is this year's Grand Marshal.
"This is my very favorite event," Linder told Soaps In Depth just prior to the parade being taped in late November. "If this parade didn't exist, I would think that the holidays didn't exist! It begins the whole thing. Everyone is in a great mood. I've been in this parade when it's been raining, freezing and raining and freezing. This year is unseasonably warm, but it's always a wonderful event."
Other celebrities appearing in the parade include former soap stars Vivica A. Fox (ex-Stephanie, Y&R), Joan Van Ark (ex-Gloria, Y&R), Erin Sanders (ex-Eden), Natalie Hall (Colby, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL). And no parade would be complete without musical performances, including numbers from daytime fan favorites Jack Wagner (Nick, B&B), Diana DeGarmo (Angelina, Y&R), and the band Port Chuck, which features GH stars Scott Reeves (Steve; ex-Ryan, Y&R), Steve Burton (Jason), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Brandon Barash (Johnny).
The parade will be broadcast in Los Angeles on KTLA-TV from 6 to 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, December 18. Thereafter, it will air throughout the holiday season on the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movie Channel and in syndication throughout the country. Check www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com for local listings.