Ho-Ho-Hollywood Does It Again

     The Hollywood Christmas Parade, held on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif., was the 82nd annual holiday event with a host of celebrities, balloons, television and movie vehicles, characters and floats for everyone to enjoy. This year’s festivities encompassed a wide array of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Daughtry, LeAnn Rimes and more. The Grand Marshal was the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. The co-hosts for the extravaganza were Laura Mckenzie and Erik Estrada with William Shatner and others entertaining.

     With about 1 million spectators each year, The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an unforgettable experience to behold. Although it did get a little bit chilly toward the end of the parade, the weather was beautiful throughout with few clouds in the nighttime sky enabling the blimps, helicopters and drones to have excellent visibility overhead.

Singing trio, McClain, performs at the beginning of The Hollywood Christmas Parade at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Singing trio, McClain, performs at the beginning of The Hollywood Christmas Parade at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The Superman balloon is led through the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd. as a part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The Superman balloon is led through the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd. as a part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Members of the Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band perform as part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Members of the Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band perform as part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Pirate and treasure chest balloons float past the Pacific Radio Building during The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Pirate and treasure chest balloons float past the Pacific Radio Building during The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The crowd begins to disperse at the end of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. as the last of the participants pass by. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The crowd begins to disperse at the end of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. as the last of the participants pass by. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Hollywood Farmers’ Market: A Place for All

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     With the epicenter of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market being Ivar and Selma Avenues in the heart of Hollywood, Calif., this is a hustling and bustling place on Sundays. The market hours are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. whether the weather is rain or shine.

     Louise Conrad, a customer and routine vendor, stresses the importance of this particular market. “If the market were no more, many of us here would be in a bad way.” she exclaims. “And the great service it provides for so many different people. The Farmers’ Market provides so much for so many. People from all walks of life come to my market because it’s a great place to be. Some even come here to meet and have fun. Some bring bongo drums and play. I even saw the guy from the Foo Fighters. We always have celebrities come here. They like it.”

     Conrad explains that much of the food sold at the market is organic, meaning that the farmers follow strict guidelines to grow the food items being sold. For meat to be considered organic, it must come from an animal that: 1-has been raised in conditions that give it time to act as it does in nature. 2- has been fed 100 percent organic feed and forage. and 3- has not been given any antibiotics or hormones.

     While seeking one’s way through the hoard of people at the market, all of a sudden, “This place rocks!”  is yelled in the crowd. Laughter ensues and it’s obvious that the majority of the consumers feel the same sentiment.

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a beneficial entity for the environment, the economy, the farmers themselves as well as the customers. Even the animals are treated better. Not only are there grocery items sold at the market though. Plants, handmade arts and crafts, prepared dishes such as burgers, tacos, Korean BBQ, etc. are also available. Hours can be spent at this farmers’ market without even experiencing everything. There are many items that may be purchased at the market, which can’t be found in any store.

     For more information about the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, please visit this webpage: http://www.seela.org/hollywood-farmers-market/.