Jerry O’Connell got into the Christmas spirit a little early as he attended the 89th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade to benefit Marine Toys for Tots.
The 47-year-old comedic actor and talk show host took part in the longstanding Los Angeles tradition with celebrities including The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood, Danny Trejo and Erik Estrada.
Breaking into his holiday wardrobe, Jerry donned an eye-catching red suit with a plaid shirt for the festive event on Sunday evening — which in addition to being a beloved classic also helps children in need.
Tis the season! Jerry O’Connell and celebrities got into the holiday spirit for a good cause as they attended the 89th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade to benefit Marine Toys for Tots on Sunday in Los Angeles
The former Sliders star flashed a grin as he walked the red carpet in a crimson suit with a green and red plaid button down underneath.
Continuing to add to the holiday flare he wore white Nike sneakers with a green swoosh on the side.
Seeing a few familiar faces at the event he posed for a photo with his daytime TV co-host Sheryl Underwood, 58, and later revealed the two had actually carpooled to the event.
‘Driving @sherylunderwood to HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE Hope I get 5 Stars,’ he joked.
Holiday flare: Breaking into his holiday wardrobe, Jerry donned an eye-catching red suit with a plaid shirt for the event while is co-host Sheryl Underwood wore a blue coat with white pants
Buddying up: The duo posed for a photo and he later revealed they had actually carpooled to the event
Celebrity guests: Danny Trejo was in attendance at the event as he carried his small dog
And as Underwood was tapped as Grand Marshal at the event she was seen riding around with O’Connell in a vintage convertible.
The parade was back in-person this year after a hiatus in 2020 on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parade featured an estimated 5,000 participants and Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Elizabeth Stanton returned as hosts.
The parade — which kicked off at 6PM — began at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Street and takes a 3.2 mile U-shaped route.
Back in action: The parade was back in-person this year after a hiatus in 2020 on account of the COVID-19 pandemic with Montel Williams returning as one of several hosts
Hosts: The parade featured an estimated 5,000 participants and Erik Estrada (left) and Laura McKenzie (right) served as hosts additionally with Dean Cain, Elizabeth Stanton and Montel Williams
VIPs: McKenzie and Estrada were among 61 celebrities and VIPS who were taking part in the parade
Sparkling: Actresses Brenda Mejia (left) and Kate Linder (right) showed off their glitzy style at the parade
Quirky: Comedian Ed Alonzo showed off his quirky style at the event
Peace: French Stewart flashed a peace sign
61 celebrities and VIPS were scheduled to take part in the parade which features 11 character balloons making their way down the streets as well as equestrian acts and marching bands.
This year’s bands include U.S. Marine Corps Band out of San Diego; the Mira Costa High School Marching Band and Color Guard from Manhattan Beach; the PAVA World Traditional Korean Band from Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums; and the Los Angeles Catholic Schools Band from Torrance.
Additionally 49 classic cars from TV and movies including the Back to the Future DeLoreans, the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1, and the Magnum, P.I. Ferrari will make their way on the course.
Riding high: As Grand Marshal, Underwood rode around in a vintage convertible with O’Connell perched next to her
Festive: The parade began at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Street and follows a 3.2 mile U-shaped route
Entertainment: U.S. Marine Corps Band out of San Diego was pictured walking down Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke about the joy at having the uplifting event held in person again, following the hiatus.
‘For almost a century, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has been lifting the spirits of Angelenos from all walks of life. After a difficult year and a half, I am excited Angelenos will get to enjoy this parade once again.’
And naturally National Santa Claus, Tim Connaghan — who has worn the red suit since 1969 — made an appearance.
The parade marks an unofficial start to the holiday season and its beneficiary Marine Toys for Tots collects new and unwrapped toys during Christmas time each year to distribute to needy children in the community.
Santa Claus: And naturally National Santa, Tim Connaghan — who has worn the red suit since 1969 — made an appearance