Cri-Cri Rides on "Artists for The Way to Happiness" Float at the Hollywood Parade, Reports Francisco S. Gabilondo, the Grandson of the Original Creator of Cri-Cri

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Cri-Cri, known as the “singing cricket” walked the red carpet at the Hollywood Christmas Parade attracting much media attention before riding in the parade float with the theme of The Way To Happiness – the recovery of our moral values, reported Francisco S. Gabilondo, the grandson of the orginal creator of Cri-Cri.

The “singing cricket”, Cri-Cri, was a sensation at the red carpet of the 81st anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday November 25, says Francisco S. Gabilondo, the grandson of the original creator of Cri-Cri. Cri-Cri is a beloved Hispanic character, a cricket created by Mexican music composer Francisco Gabilondo Soler in 1934, who broadcasted his own musical radio show on Latin America’s biggest radio station. Cri-Cri became immensely popular with over 200 songs based on fantasy stories covering a wide range of countries and musical genres. The creator of Cri-Cri is considered the Walt Disney for Hispanic countries and today is regarded as a national legend in Mexico. Cri-Cri appeared recently in Southern California in the cover of The Way To Happiness, a non-religious moral code with 21 precepts based on common sense, written by philanthropist L. Ron Hubbard "to arrest the moral decline in our society."

After 45 minutes of photography and media interviews, Cri-Cri boarded the parade float with the theme “Artists for the Way to Happiness” in the company of dancers, singers, painters and TV actress Jennifer Aspen, all of them supporting the values campaign based on The Way to Happiness. The parade started in front of the famous Chinese Theater of Hollywood and proceeded down Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard back to LA Brea. Among those who participated were 21 award-wining marching bands, 14 giant balloons, 6 floats and 49 TV & movies characters. The Grand Marshal of the Hollywood Parade was television star Joe Mantegna and, per estimates of the Hallmark Channel, one million people were at the streets watching the parade.

More than 100 million of The Way to Happiness booklets have been distributed in 140 countries as a grass-roots movement to recover the most fundamental human values in a wide variety of societies, nationalities and ethnic groups.

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