McALLEN – Much anticipation has been put forth by the City of McAllen officials for their annual McAllen Holiday Parade with announcements that movie stars, professional athletes and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will participate in the procession Saturday Dec. 2.
Christmas in the Park officially opens Friday Dec. 1 and is a prelude to the actual parade. The event will feature free admission, food, vendors and plenty of attractions for the whole family.
There attendees will have a chance to enter the traveling Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame Museum Friday and Saturday.
Musical groups include David Lee Garza y Los Musicales and Jimmy Gonzalez y Super Grupo Mass performing Friday night.
Some of the stars riding the floats Saturday for the McAllen Holiday Parade include Julian Gil, Karina Banda, Solido, San Juan-native Manelly Zepeda and Jimmy Kimmel's Guillermo Rodriguez.
Dallas Cowboys legends Tony Dorsett and Tony Hill along with current players Demarcus Lawrence and Ryan Switzer will also be on floats.
The parade is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start and information about tickets for seating inside McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium can be found at McAllenholidayparade.com.
With the McAllen Holiday Parade approaching six phases of street closures will begin Friday Dec. 1 through Saturday Dec. 2. The closures are as follows:
Friday Dec. 1
Phase 1, 4 p.m. - Bulldog, Tamarack, Quince between Bicentennial and 23rd Street.
Saturday Dec. 2
Phase 2, 7 a.m. - Bicentennial from La Vista to Harvey.
Phase 3, 10 a.m. - Bicentennial from Pecan to Harvey.
Phase 4, 1 p.m. - Bicentennial from Hackberry to Business 83.
Phase 5, 3 p.m. - Bicentennial from Business 83 to Houston Avenue.
Phase 6, 6 p.m. - Bicentennial from Nolana Loop to Houston Avenue and 23rd Street from Nolana Loop to Business 83.
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said this year there will be several barricades that will hold the parade line integrity.
“We have taken many steps to make sure we have a safe and secure event,” Rodriguez said. “We now ask our citizen and our drivers to take inventory of this and exercise driving safe.”
Edinburg, Pharr and Hidalgo will also kick off their holiday season with family-friendly events.
Thursday Nov. 30 recently elected Mayor Richard Molina along with the city council will be on hand to light the city Christmas tree at the city hall courtyard. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The following day the city will host their holiday parade as the procession will travel east on University Drive from Sugar Road to the Hidalgo County Courthouse.
A Night of Lights theme will be on display and awards for best business/civic, school and marching band divisions will be available.
For more information contact the Edinburg Chamber at (956) 383-4974.
Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez will light the official city Christmas tree Friday Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in front of city hall to kick off the holiday season.
The event which is scheduled to conclude at 10 p.m. will feature food, ice-skating rink and a snow slide. Headlining entertainment will be provided by Clueless.
The 27th Annual Hidalgo Festival of Lights Illuminated Parade will kick off Friday Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. along Ramon Ayala Drive in front of city hall. The spectacular will feature lighted floats and marching bands with a theme of Toyland. The event is free and early arrival is advised.