American pop singer-songwriter David Archuleta kicked off the holiday season in Dallas by taking part in a 22-year tradition, the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade.
Archuleta contributed to the parade by singing a special number while riding on the ‘Sounds of the Season’ float.
The Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade, presented by Capital One Bank, is an annual holiday tradition for families. Archuleta was chosen to lead this year’s parade with five special Grand Marshals – featured patients from Children’s.[ Also Read: Airline Flies with Facebook to Help Children ]
It also included music performances, giant inflatable balloons, high-stepping marching bands and dazzling decorated floats.
The parade aired live Saturday on Dallas ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV. Additionally, more than 350 television stations in 159 markets will air the parade in syndication throughout the holiday season, says Children’s Medical Center.[ Also Read: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Donate to Help Children ]
Before the parade, Archuleta visited Children’s Medical Center with Miss America and several costumed characters (including: Amanda Panda, Max the Bunny and Lilly). It is said he brought smiles to little faces all over the hospital.[ Also Read: Celebs Join Hands to Combat Hunger in the U.S. ]
“It was a pleasure to stop by and visit with the children at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Being a patient at a hospital can be really tough, especially during the holiday season. Spending time with these kids is a simple way to help and there is nothing like seeing a smile on their faces,” said Archuleta.
On Friday, Archuleta wowed audiences with a special holiday concert at the Majestic Theater in Dallas presented by 103.7 Lite FM. Proceeds from the concert went to Children’s Medical Center.
Children’s Medical Center is private, not-for-profit, pediatric healthcare provider in the U.S. with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites.