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The Hollywood Christmas Parade–1966

In 1966 The Hollywood Christmas Parade featured a large green Santa Claus.  Constructed from wire and papier mach√© and made by ink & paint maven Auril Thompson (pictured below), the Grinch rode in the back seat of a convertible Cadillac down the parade route (via Hollywood & Sunset Blvds.)  Keeping the myth alive, his whereabouts after the parade are unknown, but we do know his spirit lives on every year when the Chuck Jones-directed and produced "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs on television in homes around the globe.  

GRINCH AURIL THOMPSON copy       LLOYD VAUGHN GRINCH HOLLYWOOD PARADE

The slightly blurry photo to the right is of Lloyd Vaughan, an animator of much distinction, who worked in Chuck's unit at Warner Bros. beginning in the early 1940s and continued to work with Jones throughout the MGM years and beyond.  Mr. Vaughan died at the age of 79 in 1988.

 

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