Who needs snow and cold weather when you have sand and sun to ring in the holiday season?
Not Anderson Cooper, who chose Hollywood’s 57th annual Candy Cane parade Saturday evening to feature on his daytime show.
“We were looking for a parade that best encompasses the holiday spirt for our ‘Anderson Live’ holiday show and couldn’t think of a better fit than Hollywood’s Candy Cane Parade,” said executive producer Terence Noonan.
But the man himself won’t be there Saturday night.
Instead Candace Brooks, the audience-member-turned correspondent for the show, will ride in a decked out, vintage 1961 Plymouth Fury and toss candy canes into the crowd.
“She’ll also be reporting on the annual event, interviewing parade participants and viewers,” said the show’s publicist Jessica Fielder.
The show will air at 9 a.m. Dec. 24 on WBFS-Ch. 33.
Brooks, of Houston, was just an animated member of the “Anderson Live’’ audience when she was plucked out and invited to do a cooking demonstration on the show. Since then, “Anderson Live’’ has sent her to Louisiana to cover a gumbo cook-off and Arkansas to go duck hunting.
“I am so excited,” said the bubbly Texas native, who loves the idea of having her toes in the sand. “I want do everything they let me do.”
Hollywood’s Candy Cane Parade has been a local tradition with more than 25,000 people flocking to the sand for a light-filled holiday extravaganza.
Dozens of floats — put together by local organizations and businesses — marching bands and groups will make their way down the Broadwalk at Scott Street and head south to Harrison Street beginning at 7 p.m.
People can put down a blanket, beach chair or use free bleacher seating along the beach.
The city is urging parade-goers to park in garages at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street and take a free shuttle to the beach.
“It’s neat for it to be broadcast to a national audience,” said Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Storey. “We hope everyone finds it as charming as we do.”