The Santa Barbara Downtown Organization announced that acclaimed actor, writer and producer Michael Imperioli will serve as this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal for the 61st Annual Downtown Holiday Parade. On December 6 at 6:30 p.m., the much anticipated parade will make its way down State Street amidst magnificent marching bands, fabulous floats and spectacular performance groups.
“I’m very proud to be honored by this great community that I love so much,” says Imperioli, a Santa Barbara resident. He recently completed production on the seventh season of the hit Showtime comedy, Californication. Recent film credits include Spike Lee’s American remake of the Korean cult classic Oldboy, opposite Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Olsen; sci-fi thriller The Scribbler; and horror film Foreclosure. On television, he recently starred as the elusive yet tough-as-nails Detective Louis Fitch on ABC’s police drama Detroit 1-8-7.
The Holiday Parade, under this year’s theme “Holidays in Paradise,” will also feature the Holiday Prince and Fairy riding in a horse drawn carriage and lighting the huge Downtown Holiday Tree. Santa Claus, the most anticipated appearance of the season, will conclude the festivities.