Photos: Hollywood Christmas Parade returns to Tinseltown

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

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  • The Marine Band San Diego performs along Hollywood Boulevard during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Parade Grand Marshal, Mario Lopez with his family greet people lining up along Hollywood Boulevard during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Star Wars characters make their way down Hollywood Boulevard during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Porterville High School Panther Band marches along Hollywood Boulevard during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Lyman High School Marching Band from Florida performs along Hollywood Boulevard during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) )

  • Parade Grand Marshal, Mario Lopez with his family greet people lining up along Hollywood Boulevard during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Marine Band San Diego performs during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hollywood Boulevard was filled with inflatable character balloons, marching bands, floats and more during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Liberty High School Grenadier Band from Pennsylvania marches in front of the El Capitan theater during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Toy Solider inflatable balloon makes its way down Hollywood Boulevard during the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The annual parade featured marching bands, floats, inflatable character balloons and more. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

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The 88th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade returned to the streets of Tinseltown on Sunday, Dec. 1.

“Access Hollywood” host Mario Lopez served as grand marshal of the procession.

Among the celebrities scheduled to appear in the procession were Reno Wilson, Deidre Hall, Scott Baio, Willie Ames, Matthew Lillard, Lacey Evans, Lorenzo Lamas, Judi Evans, Burt Ward, Kate Linder and Daniel Goddard.

The parade also featured an array of large character balloons, equestrian units and marching bands — including the Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band, Riverview High School Kiltie Band and Pendleton Heights Marching Arabians.

And topping the list of celebrities was, of course, Santa Claus.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade was first held in 1928, when it was called the “Santa Claus Lane Parade.” Comedian Joe E. Brown was the first grand marshal in 1932, a role later filled by luminaries such as Bob Hope, Gene Autry and Jimmy Stewart, among others.

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A few fathers (and mothers) of invention, sports and other stuff for Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day, so let’s look at a few folks known as the fathers (or mothers) of some of the goods that Dad might enjoy today.

A lot of dads love to barbecue, so next time he’s flipping burgers, give a tip of the hat to William G. Wepfer and Melton Lancaster, the fathers of the gas grill. The two redesigned a charcoal grill to run on bottled propane in the 1960s.

1960s? That’s when the father of light beer, Joseph Owades, introduced a product called Gablinger’s Diet Beer in 1967. Owades, a biochemist, created the low-calorie beverage to help people stay slim. Since 2001, the best-selling beer in the U.S. has been Bud Light.

Light? Ben Franklin experimented with electricity and invented the lightning rod. Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the nation, is also the father of bifocals, the Franklin stove and rocking chairs.

Chairs? James Hamilton received a patent for the combination backpack/beach chair in 1985. Doesn’t the beach sound like a good call?

Call? When you call Dad today, you might want to thank Martin Cooper, the father of the handheld cellular mobile phone. Cooper’s first phones in the 1970s were made for Motorola and worked for 35 minutes before losing battery power.

Power? Power tools are one of the most popular gifts for dads. But you can thank the mother of the circular saw, Sarah “Tabitha” Babbit, for her invention to help cut boards.

Boards? The father of the foam surfboard is Dave Sweet. Sweet perfected and sold polyurethane foam boards in 1956, about a year before Hobie Alter joined the game.

Game? The father of baseball is largely considered to be Henry Chadwick, who lived from 1824-1908. Chadwick is credited with increasing interest in the sport in the United States, as well as with creating box scores.

Scores? The father of the video game console is considered to be Ralph Baer. In 1972, Baer helped create the Magnavox Odyssey, which hooked up to your TV.

TV? The father of television is Philo Farnsworth. In 1928, Farnsworth designed the world’s first working electronic television system in his Los Angeles laboratory.

Laboratory? There are many in science fiction stories, the mother of whom often is considered to be Mary Shelley (1797-1851), who published “Frankenstein” in 1818, when she was 20. It’s been 200 years, and the monster is here to stay.

Stay? If Dad pops open a “stay-tab,” he can thank the father of pop tops, Dan Cudzik. Cudzik invented the stay-tab in 1975 since throwaway tabs were a litter problem.

Litter problem? Then bag it up. The fathers of the plastic garbage bag are two Canadian inventors, Harry Wasylyk and Larry Hansen. Wasylyk created extrusion, which converted resin pellets into plastic bags, 1950. The invention eventually was bought by Union Carbide, which created trash bags named Glad.

Glad? We hope you are glad to be a dad!

WHAT AND WHERE WE SPEND ON FATHER’S DAY

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