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Several Winter Texan RV parks participate in the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges each year, and the Fiesta wants to extend an invitation to other parks to have a parade entry this year.

The 79th annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges will kick off Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. This year’s TCF theme is “Citrus, Cartoons & Comic Book Characters.” The deadline to turn in applications for prior year parade entries is Dec. 8, and for new parade entries the deadline is Jan. 14, or until the maximum number of entries is reached. The $40 entry fee must be turned in with the application.

Popular categories for Winter Texan RV park parade entries include floats, bicycles and decorated golf carts.20151203 Citrus-Fiesta-Parade-365

The most prestigious float category is Valley Product. To be competitive in this category, the float must adhere to the parade theme and be decorated with at least two-thirds citrus or other products grown in the Rio Grande Valley. First place Sweepstakes Award receives $1000, second place receives $500, and third place $350. Some Winter Texan RV parks, such as Bentsen Grove Resort and Split Rail RV Park have competed exceptionally well in this category in the past.

There are two special float categories for RV parks. Winter Texan I category is for parks with less than 199 spaces and Winter Texan II is for parks with 200 or more spaces. Floats entered in the Winter Texan categories will be judged on workmanship, adherence to theme and originality. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place.

Awards are also presented for top entries in the decorated golf cart division and the bicycle division.

All parade applications and entry fees must be turned in to the Texas Citrus Fiesta Office at 220 East 9th Street, Mission. For more information call (956) 585-9724, or better yet, stop by the Fiesta office and pick up the Parade information packet, which has all the details about parade entries.

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