Final Stars Big and Small to Shine at Mcallen Parade

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MCALLEN - The Mcallen Holiday Parade brings out the biggest stars and this year is no exception. Thanks to L&F Distributors, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser- Busch since 1933, are scheduled to appear at both Christmas in the Park and the international award winning Mcallen Holiday Parade.

"We at L&F are very excited to be a part of the Mcallen Holiday Parade this year," said Val La Mantia Peisen. "The Budweiser Clydesdales are an icon across the nation, and we love that the Rio Grande Valley will be able to see them at the one of the best parades in Texas!"

The eight-horse hitch "Gentile Giants," as they are often referred to, will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon as they make their way down the parade route, but to really see how big and impressive these animals are, head out to Christmas in the Park starting on Friday, Dec 1 where they will be housed on event grounds for public viewing throughout their stay.

In addition to the appearances at these two holiday events, two lucky residents of the Rio Grande Valley will win a special delivery from the Budweiser Clydesdales at their home! Entries for the Home Delivery sweepstakes will be available at participating retail outlets across the RGV.

Returning by popular demand is fan favorite Guillermo of Jimmy Kimmel Live! And up-and-coming actress in her own right, Rio Grande Valley's own Manelly Zepeda will also be a part of the celebrity line-up. The 10-year old San Juan native first shot to fame in this summer's comedy movie, "How to be a Latin Lover," staring alongside Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek and holding her own.

Look to social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and www.mcallenholidayparade.com to get parade information about stars, get free or discounted tickets or just find out performance and appearance schedules.

Polar Express: available on Saturday, December 2, this free shuttle will start at 12 p.m. and continue until 12 a.m. Wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are welcome, as are service dogs and a special shuttle will take special needs folks from the drop-off point to the stadium entrance only.

Parade Route/Stadium Seating: get your tickets now, either at Ticketmaster.com or by getting a free VIP stadium tickets, while supplies last. Reserved seating is also available along the parade route for a low fee. Visit the Mcallen Parks and Recreation Department at 1000 s.Ware Road.

Christmas In the Park: Check out the layout of the coolest fun, free, family event that kicks off on November 30 with unlimited carnival rides with a pre-sale only, half-price wristband that can be purchased only at the Mcallen Parks & Recreation Department, Mcallen Community Centers and the Mcallen Chamber of Commerce. Concert performance times to be announced.

However, all this action taking place along and around Bicentennial requires plenty of infrastructure set-up, as well as creating secure areas for spectators, attendees and participants of both Christmas in the Park and the Mcallen Holiday Parade. Below is a list of road closures, that list time and location to keep everyone on time and most importantly, safe.

Phase 1: 4:00 p.m. - Friday, 12-1-2017.

Bulldog, Tamarack & Quince between Bicentennial & 23rd.

Phase 2: 7:00 a.m. - Saturday, 12-2-2017.

Bicentennial Blvd.From Pecan to Harvey.

Closes Pecan east/west.

Phase 4: 1:00 p.m. - Saturday, 12-2-2017.

Bicentennial Blvd. from Hackberry to Business 83.

Phase 5: 3:00 p.m. - Saturday , 12-2-2017.

Bicentennial Blvd. Business 83 to Houston Ave.

Phase 6: 6:00 p.m.- Saturday, 12-2-2017.

Nolana Loop from 23rd street to Pecan to Ware Road.

Nolana Loop south to Harvey, to 1st street to Business

For more information on the Mcallen Holiday Parade, please visit event websites at www.mcallenholidayparade.com for exclusive promotions, offers, activities, information and videos and photos of previous parades.

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