The McAllen Holiday Parade has picked up 27 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Awards by the International Festival and Events Association, but not before being named the “Best Parade in the World”! Featuring 50 magically-illuminated floats, 34 larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, 17 bands and a celebrity-filled line-up, this year’s theme of “Magic of Christmas” will get everyone in the holiday spirit.
The one-and-a-half-mile long parade will be held on December 2nd at 6:00 PM, starting at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium at 2001 N. Bicentennial Blvd.
Getting the family to the parade won’t be difficult as the city, in partnership with South Texas College, will offer the McAllen Holiday Parade Park and Ride service from its Pecan Boulevard campus to the location drop-off. Starting at 12:00 PM on Saturday, buses will make continuous loops every 10 minutes, from a 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 over 250,000 spectators will line the streets of McAllen to view the parade. Public restroom facilities will be located throughout the parade route.
A Star-Studded Celebrity Guest List
Demarcus Lawrence – Defensive end, #90, Dallas Cowboys
Ryan Switzer – Punt return specialist, #10, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Dorsett – Former four-time Pro-Bowl Super Bowl Champion and Heisman Trophy winner, running back, #33, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Hill – Former four-time Pro-Bowl Super Bowl Champion, wide receiver, #80, Dallas Cowboys
Rowdy and the Cowboys Cheerleaders – The official mascot will be alongside the internationally acclaimed cheerleaders.
Ana Maria Polo – Host of the renowned Telemundo show Caso Cerrado, the first Spanish language program nominated for a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award.
Julian Gil – Actor, model and TV host of Republica Deportiva, Julian continues to delight audiences with his boyish charm and happy personality, amazing acting skills and suave good looks.
Karina Banda – Karina currently serves as a sports reporter for El Gordo y La Flaca and Republica Deportiva. For over 10 years, she’s worked in journalism in Mexico and the United States. Aside from a degree in journalism from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, this Monterrey native has also won six Emmy awards.
Guillermo Rodriguez – Guillermo is a Mexican-American talk show personality who rose to fame while working as a parking lot security guard at Hollywood Boulevard studios for Jimmy Kimmel Live! With his own signature segment and frequent interviews with famous celebrities, Guillermo also appeared on Univision telenovela Eva Luna, and brief uncredited role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Manelly Zepeda – A Valley native, Manelly had her breakout moment in 2016 when she was cast as young Sara in the Lionsgate film How to be a Latin Lover. Since then, she’s landed roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Ball and El Sueno Americano plus many more!
Free and Reserved Tickets
From Bicentennial Boulevard to U.S. Business 83, free seating will be available along the parade route on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Through November 28th, visit an H-E-B location to purchase three of any participating Kraft products (Maxwell House Coffee, Kool-Aid Jammers, Kraft Salad Dressing (16 oz.), Kraft Mayonnaise (30 oz.), Miracle Whip Dressing (30 oz.), Kraft Shredded Cheese (8 oz.) and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Cups (4 count). You can then take your receipt to the McAllen Convention Center to redeem your ticket to the parade. Tickets are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and while supplies last.
Bert Ogden and Fiesta Dealerships will be promoting “Dále Gas to the McAllen Holiday Parade”. Anyone who takes a test drive at any of their 18 dealerships, located in McAllen, Edinburg and Harlingen, will receive a family four-pack of VIP stadium tickets to the parade.
Reserved seating is also available at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Tickets can be purchased at the McAllen Convention Center or on Ticketmaster.com. Prices start at $8.