The Largest Illuminated Holiday and Helium balloon Parade In Texas
The 2017 McAllen Holiday Parade, is looking for the young, and young at heart, to be a part of the tradition of making dreams come true for everyone at this year’s magical celebration. The parade, to be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas. The parade features 50magically illuminated floats, 34 larger than life inflatable character balloons, 17 bands and a celebrity-filled line-up and this year, features the musical theme of Magic of Christmas.
The one and a half mile long parade route begins at 6 PM, starting at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2001 N Bicentennial Blvd., where reserved seating is available and heads south on Bicentennial Boulevard to U.S. Business 83, where free seating is available along the route on a first come, first serve basis.
Getting the family to the parade will not be difficult, as the City of McAllen, in partnership with South Texas College, will offer a free McAllen Holiday Parade Park & Ride from its Pecan Boulevard campus to the LOCATION DROP-OFF. Starting at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Buses will make a continuous loop every 10 minutes, from pick-up point at STC to the parade drop-off point. Additionally, with almost 15 designated parking lots scattered from Nolana Avenue south to Pecan Boulevard, attendees are encouraged to park and get in place early to avoid road closures and traffic congestion, as approximately more than 250,000 spectators will line the streets of McAllen to view the parade. Public restroom facilities will be located throughout the parade route.
Tickets to view the parade from Veterans Memorial Stadium are on sale, at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office, 700 Convention Center Boulevard. The stadium seats 13,000, so join neighbors, friends, and visitors in McAllen for one of the best seats in the house.