By Michael Gioia
02 Nov 2012
The 2012 parade, which benefits Marine Toys for Tots, will begin at 6:30 PM, following a pre-parade spectacular at 5:30 PM that will feature "American Idol" finalist Kimberley Locke, magician Darren Romeo, performers from Cirque de Soleil's Iris, the Jabowakeez, singer Ashlee Keating and performers from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the gay and lesbian choir, among others.
The telecast will be hosted by Erik Estrada ("CHiPs") and Laura McKenzie ("World's Funniest Moments"). Dean Cain ("Ripley's Believe It or Not!") will host the music portion, and Elizabeth Stanton and Rob Pinkston will serve as parade reporters.
The nationally televised special is scheduled to air on the Hallmark Channel Dec. 10 from 6-8 PM ET, the Hallmark Movie Channel Dec. 21 from 6-8 PM ET and in syndication across the country and internationally via the American Forces Network.
For more information, call (866) 727-2331 or visit Facebook.com/XmasParade.