The McAllen Holiday Parade brings out the biggest stars and this year is no exception. From the Dallas Cowboys, to top musical entertainment, to Hollywood stars to the Clydesdales, this year’s Christmas celebration promises to outdo previous year’s activities.
Returning by popular demand is fan favorite Guillermo of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guillermo quickly became a permanent, nightly cast-member after performing satisfactorily in comedy bits written by the show. His English (characterized most clearly with his constant pronunciation of the show’s host as “Yim-ee”) coupled with his affable likability and Teddy Bear-like quality have earned him a high profile as a supporting personality on the show.
An up-and-coming actress in her own right, Rio Grande Valley’s own Manelly Zepeda will also be a part of the celebrity line-up. The 10-year old San Juan native first shot to fame in this summer’s comedy movie, “How to be a Latin Lover,” staring alongside Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek and holding her own. Currently filming two more films, this is just the beginning of Manelly’s celebrity appearances.
Thanks to L&F Distributors, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to appear at both Chistmas in the Park and the international award winning McAllen Holiday Parade.
“We at L&F are very excited to be a part of the McAllen Holiday Parade this year, ” said Val La Mantia Peisen. “The Budweiser Clydesdales are an icon across the nation, and we love that the Rio Grande Valley will be able to see them at the one of the best parades in Texas!”
The eight-horse hitch “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon as they make their way down the parade route, but to really see how big and impressive these animals are, head out to Christmas in the Park starting on Friday, Dec 1 where they will be housed on event grounds for public viewing throughout their stay.
The Polar Express will be available on Saturday, December 2, and will start at 12 PM and continue until 12 AM. Wheelchairs, walkers and strollers are welcome, as are service dogs and a special shuttle will take special needs folks from the drop-off point to the stadium entrance only.
Tickets are now available for the parade route/stadium seating. Tickets are available at either Ticketmaster.com or by getting a free VIP stadium ticket through the Kraft product/H-E-B promotion that runs in all Rio Grande Valley HEB stores through November 28. Take a test drive at any Bert Ogden dealership and receive a family-4-pak of VIP stadium tickets, while supplies last. Reserved seating is also available along the parade route for a low fee. Visit the McAllen Parks & Recreation Department at 1000 S. Ware Road.
Christmas in the Park kicks off on November 30 with unlimited carnival rides with a pre-sale only, half-price wristband that can be purchased only at the McAllen Parks & Recreation Department, McAllen Community Centers and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Concert performance times to be announced.
The McAllen Holiday Parade sponsors include La Plaza, A Simon Mall; Kraft; H-E-B; Bert Ogden & Fiesta Dealerships; L&F Distributors-Budweiser. Other sponsors include; City of McAllen Bridge Department; McAllen Public Utility; Sprint; Dairy Queen; Lacks; Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP; McAllen Chamber of Commerce; McAllen Economic Corporation/ Reynosa McAllen Maquila Association; McAllen International Airport; Anzalduas International Bridge; Peña Eye Institute; IBC Bank; AEP Texas; Metro Connect; Doña Tota’s; Stripes; City of McAllen Public Works-Recycling; Carollo Engineers; Taco Palenque; Tres Lagos; Halff Associates, Inc.; University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley; Plains Capital Bank; BBVA Compass; South Texas College; Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.; Inter-National Bank; Melden & Hunt, Inc.; McAllen ISD; KSA Engineers; S&B Engineers; BBVA Compass, Cigna, The Texas Lottery Commission.
A special thanks to IBC for taking care of the travel arrangements for the appearance by the Dallas Cowboys players and legends: DeMarcus Lawrence, #90, Dallas Cowboys; Ryan Switzer, #10, Dallas Cowboys; Tony Dorsett, Hall of Fame, Dallas Cowboys; and Tony Hill, Hall of Fame, Dallas Cowboys.
Other stars taking part include: Ana Maria Polo, Hispanic TV Personality; Karina Banda, El Gordo Y La Flaca; and Julian Gil, Republica Deportiva
Musical guests include Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz and Los Musicales de David Lee Garza on Dec. 1, and Solido on Dec. 2. For more information on the McAllen Holiday Parade, please visit event website at www.mcallenholidayparade.com for exclusive promotions, offers, activities, and information.