Jul 29, 2014

VIDEO: Hollywood Celebrates 125 Years

Officials celebrate the creation of Hollywood 125 years ago with a towering cake and some dancing.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet, lined up a Food Network celebrity pastry chef and entertained a flash mob to help usher in the 125th birthday of Hollywood on Wednesday.

With the Hollywood Sign as a backdrop, officials gathered around a five-tier cake created by Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes to blow out the candles in the courtyard of Hollywood & Highland Center.

Among those at the celebration was comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who films his late-night TV show across the street—Hollywood Boulevard—from the entertainment and shopping complex.

A bit of history: It was on Feb. 1, 1887, that Harvey Wilcox filed with the city a grid map for a 120-acre subdivision that was first known as Hollywoodland. 

"It is fitting that the Wilcoxes were entrepreneurs [who made their fortune in real estate] because that is the story of Hollywood," Gubler said. "The community has always drawn larger than life figures who saw its potential and built upon it."

See the video above for highlights of the ceremony.

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