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Hollywood Christmas Parade executive stepping down

November 8, 2005


— Ho ho ho and goodbye.

Johnny Grant says this will be his last season as executive producer of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

"I just think it's time to step aside and let some young blood come in," Grant, 82, told the Los Angeles Times.

The man dubbed the honorary mayor of Hollywood ran the Hollywood Boulevard parade from 1978 to 1998. He helped round up celebrities and marching bands and arranged for movie studios to sponsor floats.

He left the job for five years to pursue other activities, but the parade faltered. Last year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce asked Grant to return.

This year's parade will be held Nov. 27 and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be the grand marshal. Some cast members from TV's "Lost" and "Malcolm in the Middle" will take part in the nationally televised event.

Chamber of Commerce vice president Todd Lindgren will take over when Grant leaves.


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