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Anthony Anderson leads 64th annual Compton Christmas Parade, Dec. 9

The Compton Christmas Parade starts Sat., Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., on Bullis Road, and proceeds west on Compton Boulevard to Alameda Street.

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Anthony Anderson. Photo: ABC Television

TV’s ‘black-ish’ star Compton native Anthony Anderson, returns as Compton Christmas Parade Grand Marshal

COMPTON – Compton native, ABC black-ish star, and Emmy-nominated actor Anthony Anderson will serve as the 2017 Grand Marshal of the 64th annual Compton Christmas Parade.

Presented and produced by the city of Compton, the Christmas processional will get underway, Sat., Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., beginning on Bullis Road, proceeding west on Compton Boulevard to Alameda Street.

This year’s theme is, “Peace and Happiness for Every Child At Heart.”

Mayor Aja Brown praised film and TV star Anthony Anderson as a native son “committed to giving back to Compton.”

“We are excited to have Anthony Anderson represent the city of Compton as our 2017 Grand Marshal. He continues to be a significant supporter of the Compton community — especially our young people,” Brown said. “Christmas is a special time of year and that holds true for the families of Compton. The holiday season is an important time for our community to come together and I am looking forward to this year’s Christmas parade.”

Anderson has won two NAACP Image Awards and earned two Emmy nominations for his role in black-ish as Dre, a family man struggling to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly White, upper-middle-class neighborhood. He stars opposite Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne.

Anderson has appeared in more than 20 films and has earned four consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the TV drama, Law & Order. Anderson also starred in the New Orleans-based drama, K-Ville. Over the years he has displayed his talent in the DreamWorks blockbuster Transformers, as well as in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning feature, The Departed.

Anderson also is host of the ABC game show, To Tell The Truth, which premiered in June of 2016. Most recently, he has been seen in Barbershop: The Next Cut, the Sundance film, Goats, and 20th Century Fox’s, The Big Year.

Anderson grew up in Compton. While pursuing his acting career, he continued his education by attending the High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned first place in the NAACP’s ACTSO Awards competition with his performance of the classic monologue from The Great White Hope. That performance, along with his dedication to acting, earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University.

Compton Christmas Parade applications are currently be accepted online at www.comptonparade.com through November 27, 2017.

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