Call for parade entries and pageant contestants

While it may seem like a long way off, the 4th of July is right around the corner and the City of McAllen is already making plans to celebrate the nation's birthday in one of the largest community events held in the City of McAllen.  The annual Independence Day Celebration kicks off with an early morning patriotic parade, family friendly festivals that are held throughout the day and culminating with a sizzling fireworks musical display that enchants everyone in attendance.

To get ready, the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting entries for this year’s festivities. Businesses, civic and youth groups, and nonprofit organizations, and especially, veterans and veterans groups are invited to participate in the parade and other festivities. All entries should feature a patriotic theme.

There is a cap to the number of parade entries, so interested participants should submit their applications quickly, as space is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. 

The parade is also carried live on the McAllen Cable Network, now found on Spectrum Channel 1300, as well as on the City of McAllen website and Facebook Live.

Additionally, organizers are looking for the sparkliest and most patriotic contestants to compete in the Little Miss 4th of July pageant competition.  This year, will feature four different age categories and for older girls, an interview and talent portion.  Registration fee is only $25 and participants must register onsite at Palm View Community Center,  located at 3401 Jordan Avenue. Those competing do not need to live in McAllen to compete and cannot be holding any other pageant titles.  Those interested need to hurry and sign up; there is a cap of contestants in each category.  The Little Miss 4th of July pageant will be held on Saturday, June 16.

Entry forms for the parade and pageant are available by request by emailing or at the McAllen Parks & Recreation Office, 1000 S. Ware Rd. 

For more information, please contact (956) 681-3333 or visit