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Updated December 12: For those who were unable to attend the live taping of the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, Soaps.com has a peek of the excitement to come, including the celebrity-packed lineup, and tune in to Friday’s televised two-hour event at 8:00 PM on the CW.

As reported on November 28, the CW network will air its yearly two-hour special of the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Friday December 16 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Deemed ‘the largest Christmas celebration in America’, Olivia Newton-John will serve as Grand Marshall as popular television personalities Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams, Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton co-host the event on Hollywood Boulevard in California. A true Hollywood tradition, the parade features larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, celebrity-filled cars making the heralded trek down the parade route and live musical performances that will take place on two stages.

Taping for the television event will take place on Sunday November 27 and soap opera actors who will be in attendance this year include “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” John McCook (Eric), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Anthony Turpel (R.J.), Alley Mills (Pam), Dick Christie (Charlie), Karla Mosley (Maya), Felisha Cooper (Sasha), Scott Clifton (Liam), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), Darin Brooks (Wyatt), Kelly Kruger (Eva), Jennifer Gareis (Donna), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) and Winsor Harmon (Thorne), “Days of our Lives’” Deidre Hall (Marlena), Marci Miller (Abby), Camila Banus (Gabi) and Martha Madison (Belle) and “The Young and the Restless’” Kate Linder (Esther), Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael.) This appears to also showcase Y&R celebrating being number 1 for 30 years. It does not look as though “General Hospital” actors will attend.

If you’re in the area and would like to attend the festivities this weekend, visit Hollywood Christmas Parade for special ticket information, as well as the route the parade will take throughout the event, which begins at 5:00 PM. Please take note, Grandstand tickets have already sold out.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade from Associated Television Intl on Vimeo.

Hollywood Parade – bundled up and ready to ride. #boldandbeautiful

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#Brooke and #Thorne #hollywoodchristmasparade2016 A photo posted by WINSOR DEWEY HARMON III (@winsor_harmon) on

My old friend Eric and I in the Green Room #hollywoodchristmasparade2016

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More of the girls!! @nbcdays @marth27 @camilabanus #HollywoodChristmasParade A photo posted by Deidre Hall (@deidrehall_official) on

Da Girls!!!! @nbcdays @marth27 @camilabanus #HollywoodChristmasParade

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It’s a parade. #TheresAFlaskInMyPurse #BOB #HeadToPataSalada #FuzzyDice #DOOL A photo posted by Let’s oscillate… (@_marcimiller_) on

So much fun @hollywoodchristmas with @christianjleblanc @camryngrimes @youngandrestlesscbs @theyoungandrestless #yr

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Like when u turn the corner and suddenly there is magic… @HollywoodParade @YandR_CBS @YRInsider @CBSDaytime #YR @youngandrestlesscbs

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