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20181227 IMG 9181For Brian and Judy Lunny and Steve and Carol Klem, the 2018 Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade in Weslaco is a must-see celebration.

And the natives of Winnipeg and Ontario invited neighbors and friends Lorraine Goodman and Barb Berzenski to join in the evening fun.

Travelling the two miles on Business 83 from their winter home at Pine to Palm Resort, they set up their lawn chairs on Railroad Street and Texas Boulevard hoping to catch a glimpse of the Disney theme Christmas parade.

After coming to the Valley for nearly fifteen years, they shared what it is that keeps bringing them back to South Texas each winter.
“We like the weather, we like the culture and we like the people,” Brian said.

20181227 IMG 9066Many Winter Texans were part of the hundreds of the other families lined up on the sidewalk wearing light sweaters and feasting their eyes on a wonderful evening out.

Brian said he was at the parade to wave and see Santa Claus.

The mile-long parade began on Pike Boulevard promptly at six in the evening and continued south on Texas Blvd., ending at Sixth Street approximately two hours later.

With the temperatures in the mid-50s, as the sun dropped below the horizon, the illuminated Christmas parade began and was filled with over a hundred highly decorative floats using colorful lights. Each float featured a Disney character, such as Mickey Mouse and the Little Mermaid. Other floats included an inflatable of Rudolph while playing the song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Asked what her favorite float was, Carol said, “There were too many of them and they were all good. We come every year and this is a really nice kick-off to the Christmas season.”

20181227 IMG 9132The festive event also featured local schools, from elementary students up to high school marching bands playing the seasonal melodies, such as “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is coming to Town” with a dance routine by the students following along with the music.

“The people and the marching bands, that was my favorite,” Judy said. “The excitement in the children – watching the kids get so excited.”
“All the little people, so many kids in the parade and that’s the best part when you include it. So neat.” Carol said.

The climax of the parade was Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on the fire engine ladder truck, waving from the to the children below who were eagerly anticipating his arrival.

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