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The Town of McAllen has announced that the main group for this year’s McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by HEB and powered by dealers Bert Ogden & Fiesta, will once again be the US Air Force Parade Element Honor Guard and Exercise Team, the first element of the U.S. March and Drill Team, adding the precision of a unit that performs in parades and celebrations around the world. Popular TV personalities, producers, actors and two MHP veterans are also returning to serve as celebrity hosts. Mario lopez and Julien gil.
“A lead march sets the tone for the parade and creates excitement for the rest of the floats and marching bands as they parade the parade route,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos. “I believe this leading group will do this and more as they will help showcase our current veterans and military and inspire the youth of McAllen, the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas and everywhere. elsewhere where the parade is broadcast.
This is the second time that the U.S. Air Force Parade Element Honor Guard and Exercise Team performed in the McAllen Holiday Parade, first appearing in 2018, to a standing ovation from the stadium crowd of over 13,000, after performing a one-minute exercise routine before continuing their trek along of the 1.5 mile parade route out of the stadium, down Bicentennial Blvd to US Business 83. Organizers expect the same reaction from spectators and viewers watching the unit perform at the quadruple best parade in Texas and best parade in the world. In addition to presenting the parade, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard will also coordinate school visits to the community during the week leading up to the parade, in hopes of recruiting future Airmen to their ranks. . Anyone interested should contact the Town of McAllen at (956) 681-1001 or by email at [email protected]
Lopez has appeared in several television series, in films and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of AC Slater on “Saved by the Bell” and is well known for hosting the syndicated entertainment news magazine show “Additional,” “America’s best dance team“For MTV, the American version of”The X factor,” and “Forward with Mario Lopez”, a four hour musical program featuring a unique blend of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. Most recently, Mario hosted the live broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving 2020 Parade, as well as the live broadcast of the McAllen 2020 Holiday Parade.
Gil is a television and film actor, television host, television, film and music events producer, philanthropist and businessman without borders, with over 30 years in the entertainment industry. Gil considers himself a Puerto Rican at heart, but has worked across Mexico, Latin America and even the United States.
The parade will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2001, N. Bicentennial Blvd. and anyone who wants to watch the US Air Force in the stadium can purchase parade tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or at the McAllen Convention Center box office, starting Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices start at $ 10, plus service charges.
For parade organizers, returning to McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium is a homecoming for the McAllen Holiday Parade, as it made its stadium debut just eight years ago and is truly the home’s best seat for enjoy the colors, design, animation, sound and experience of the award-winning McAllen ISD School floats, balloons and, of course, the award-winning marching bands, as well as the Air Honor Guard Force and countless celebrities who are all a part of what makes the parade so unique and such a great experience watching.
“McAllen ISD has had a great relationship with the Town of McAllen in hosting these parades for our community for the past eight years. It’s a fantastic event that allows us to showcase many of our hard-working students who represent our great programs and schools, ”said Dr. JA Gonzalez, ISD McAllen Superintendent.
McAllen ISD School Board President Sam Saldivar, Jr. echoed the Superintendent’s comments, who said, “Events like this have a way of bringing communities together in a fun, creative and energetic way. It is a great experience for our participating students and provides unforgettable memories for the families who see it unfold. “
The McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by HEB, is the largest illuminated and helium balloon holiday parade in Texas and uses 15 miles of light string, which generates 1,875,000 lumens of light to properly illuminate the parade and 44 500 cubic feet of helium to keep these giant balloons afloat and is propelled by 12,000 horsepower by over 50 trucks from Bert Ogden & Fiesta dealers.
The McAllen 2021 Holiday Parade is presented by HEB and hosted by dealers Bert Ogden & Fiesta, Budweiser and Reliant. Other sponsors include McAllen ISD; McAllen International Airport; McAllen International Bridge System; McAllen Public Service; Matt’s building materials; Stripes / Laredo Taco Company; McAllen metro; University of Texas-RGV; Peña Eye Institute; Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson; McAllen Chamber of Commerce; PepsiCo .; McAllen Public Works; Tres Lagos; AEP Texas; McAllen Economic Development Corporation; Hermes; Lack; Whataburger; Taco Palenque; Carollo engineers; KSA engineers; SMU MedCare; Halff Associates; Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc .; S&B infrastructures.