The Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges has grown to become one of the largest parades in South Texas, an annual tradition that attracts about 100,000 people. In addition to its signature floats made of citrus fruit, the parade features spirited marching bands, exciting dance performances, stunning citrus-themed pageant gowns, and a royal court.
The spectacular event is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 25, 2020 at 3 p.m. The Texas A&M Parsons Cavalry, a horse combat unit consisting of cavalry, artillery and quartermaster elements will highlight this year’s parade. Texas State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) will serve as parade marshal.
The parade begins at Griffin Parkway and runs south on Conway Avenue and ends at 1st Street. Mission Police will close all streets along the parade route in phases, beginning at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade. Spectators are advised to exercise caution along Conway Ave., and to stay clear of any marked and coned-off areas.
Beginning at 9 a.m. the 100 and 200 blocks of W. Tom Landry and W. Business 8 will close. At 10:30 a.m., two Mile and Conway to Thornwood Drive will be closed. All minor street between two Mile and Expressway 83 will be closed by noon. By 2 p.m., all major street between tw0-Mile and Expressway 83, including FM 495, Kika de la Garza Loop, First and Second Streets will be closed.
The annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Fun Fair, which includes music, arts, crafts and food vendors, will also take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at Leo Peña Placita Park in Mission.