Last year the number one television travel expert in the country, Laura McKenzie, and household name Erik Estrada hosted our 87th Annual Event. In addition, Dean Cain, Garrett Clayton, Elizabeth Stanton and Montel Williams Co-Hosted the parade’s festivities.
Laura McKenzie & Erik Estrada
Laura McKenzie is the number one television travel expert in the country. She has received dozens of awards, including two Emmy nominations and a Gracie Award for her syndicated television series Laura McKenzie’s Traveler. She’s written and produced 42 home videos on travel and has appeared on the CBS Morning Show, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Marie, Extra, and Oprah as a travel expert. She co-hosted Dangerous and Endangered for ESPN, World’s Funniest Moments, and 10 seasons of American Adventurer with Erik Estrada. They reunite for their 11th year hosting the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
After starring as Officer Frank Poncherello in the television series CHiPs, Erik Estrada became a household name. A whole new generation and culture have become familiar with him from his role on the Televisa series “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino”. He and travel personality Laura McKenzie have been co-hosts on the long running series “American Adventurer”, as well as the comedy specials “Santa’s Funniest Moments” and “Cupid’s Funniest Moments”. Erik is a great supporter of police officers and their organizations, so much so that he has actually joined the ranks of law enforcement by becoming a sworn deputy sheriff in Virginia.
Dean Cain is probably best-known as Superman from the hit TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. A college football star at Princeton University, he turned to film when an injury ended his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills. Dean produced and hosted Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for four seasons, and has starred in feature films such as Out of Time, The Broken Heart’s Club, God’s Not Dead, Gosnell, and Vendetta, along with scores of TV movies and shows. One of the hardest-working and most versatile talents, Dean has over 150 credits on his resume. He recently received the prestigious ORDER OF ARMENIA for producing his anti-Genocide documentary film, ARCHITECTS OF DENIAL. Dean, who is a quarter Japanese, grew up in Malibu, California, as the adopted son of director Christopher Cain.
Montel Williams is the host of hit Lifetime shows Military Makeover and Operation Careers. He was the host and executive producer of The Montel Williams Show from 1991- 2008 and was awarded a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1996. Williams has authored eight books, four of which rose to NYT bestseller status. He was born and raised in the Baltimore, MD area and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1980. Williams served in both the Marines and Navy for a total of 22 years and is the recipient of several military awards and commendations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Fisher House Foundation and the Anne Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Elizabeth Stanton has been a world traveler her entire life. From an early age she has experienced the culture of Europe, the wonders of the Far East, and the natural beauty of remote destinations. In her own syndicated television show Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World, Elizabeth travels the globe with her celebrity friends, exploring other cultures, learning about history, and finding opportunities to help those in need. From helping the deaf to hear in Vietnam to bringing food to children in Africa to learning about film making in London, Elizabeth covers the world. She can also be seen on Don’t Blink, as well as hosting The Big Stage and the upcoming Popstar! Best Of 2019.