McAllen Holiday Parade

2016 McAllen Holiday Parade

The 2016 McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by La Plaza Mall, 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 3, 2016, is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas. The parade features more than 50 vibrant lighted floats, 36 larger than life inflatable character balloons, 13 bands and a celebrity filled line-up and this year, features the musical theme of Entertainment on Parade.

The one and a half mile long parade route begins at 6 PM, starting from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, 3129 Galveston Avenue, 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.

Kicking off the Parade

The Texas A&M Fighting Aggie Band will kick off the parade entertainment with an on-field performance before the start of the parade. Joining the band will be local children’s dance and choir groups, and the culturally popular Hispanic holiday tradition of La Posada, which reenacts Joseph & Mary’s search for lodging.

Getting There

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 on Saturday, trolleys 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 220,000 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 or at Ticketmaster. The stadium seats 13,000, so join neighbors, friends and visitors in McAllen for one of the best seats in the house.

For more information you can visit McAllen Holiday Parade on their website or Facebook!

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