USAF Honor Guard announced as ‘lead step-off’ of McAllen Holiday Parade

October 6, 2018

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard has been announced as the lead step-off of the upcoming McAllen Holiday Parade.

The announcement was made at a press conference Friday morning at the Bert Ogden BMW dealership in McAllen.

According to city leaders, the honor guard will “set the tone” of the fifth annual parade, which is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, kicking off what’s traditionally become a colorful procession of floats, balloons and marching bands.

“I believe this lead step-off will do that and more, as they help to highlight our veterans and current serving military and inspire the youth in McAllen and throughout the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas, and everywhere else the parade is broadcast,ˮ Mayor Jim Darling said in a news release.

Presented by H-E-B, this year’s parade theme is “Christmas Around the World” and “will be powered by 12,000 horsepower by Bert Ogden and Fiesta Dealerships of the Rio Grande Valley,” according to the release. The parade uses 15 miles of rope light generating nearly 2 million lumens, as well as 44,500 cubic feet of helium to keep the balloons afloat, the release further read.

The parade will start from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium at 2001 N. Bicentennial Boulevard and make its way down the 1.5 mile parade route on Bicentennial toward U.S. Business 83.

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