2017-12-06 / Front Page

Annual Christmas parade attracts big crowd in Raymondville

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter


SANTA CLAUS cruises through downtown Raymondville on a fire engine during the annual Christmas parade. Children along the street were showered with candy as they watched marching bands, floats and all sorts of motor vehicles decked out for the seasonal festivities. 
(Photo by Allen Essex) SANTA CLAUS cruises through downtown Raymondville on a fire engine during the annual Christmas parade. Children along the street were showered with candy as they watched marching bands, floats and all sorts of motor vehicles decked out for the seasonal festivities. (Photo by Allen Essex) Eager parade watchers began gathering for over an hour early on Friday in downtown Raymondville anticipating the spectacle as lights began to appear in the distance and the sounds of marching bands and sirens slowly moved from the west along Hidalgo Avenue.

Families with children set up lawn chairs or plopped down on the curbs as the procession approached.

As the sky became darker, 12 lighted floats, costumes and uniforms glittered in the darkness. It was all new to the many babies and children in the crowd.

Music, candy, costumed characters and screaming sirens increased as the parade reached the center of the busi- ness district.

Vendors plied the streetside, some pushing cartloads of merchandise, sold lighted batons and other dazzling items as parents pulled out money from wallets and purses.

A vendor’s truck offering ice cream in an empty parking lot. Children with lighted sneakers squirmed to get loose from parents who kept a watchful eye on the eager little ones who wanted to join the parade.

Most popular was Santa Claus high atop a big, red fire engine. More candy showered down on children along the parade route.

On Tuesday, Valerie Aparicio of the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, announced the prizes from the judging of the parade:

The first three winners received a trophy and $200 each. Other winners receive trophies.

No. 1 Blooming Daycare took the “Best Theme” category.

No. 2 Willacy County Housing Authority won “Best Represents True Meaning of Christmas.”

No. 3 Esperanza Figueroa received “Most Creative/ Unique.”

Raymondville Early College High School band received “Best Spirit and Costume for Marching Entries.”

Carlos Vallez received “Best Decorated Vehicle” for his Volkswagen entry.

There were 12 floats in the parade, Aparicio said.

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