City of McAllen News

Stars confirmed for McAllen Holiday Parade!

by Public Information Office | Nov 20, 2014


McALLEN – Television host and actor Mario Lopez, Disney star Caroline Sunshine and telenovela luminary Mane de la Parra will lead a line-up of showbiz stars in the McAllen Holiday Parade on December 6.


Sesame Street’s Mando and Hunger Games’ Willow Shields are also confirmed for the giant, new parade that will be the largest illuminated parade in Texas. In addition to the celebrities, who will ride the entire route procession, the McAllen Holiday Parade will feature a large array of giant helium-filled balloons similar to those seen in the biggest parades around the country.


The new parade route will begin on Business 83 and Bicentennial Boulevard and will run north culminating at the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium for a grand finale. Five-row bleachers will be set up along the route for spectators to experience the magnitude of the parade that evening.


Presenting the 2014 McAllen Holiday Parade stars:


  • Television host and actor Mario Lopez: Probably best known to youngsters as A.C. Slater from NBC’s popular 1980s teen comedy series Saved by the Bell. Lopez also appeared on Dancing with the Stars and is the current host of EXTRA.


  • Disney Shake It Up! star Caroline Sunshine: Sunshine gained popular notoriety for her role as Barbara Winslow in her first feature film Marmaduke. In addition to acting on Disney’s Shake it Up!, her vocal talents were featured on a number ofDisney albums.


  • Sesame Street’s Mando:An actor, entrepreneur currently based in New York, Ismael Cruz Cordova has been recognized for his acting work with several awards and critical acclaim.


  • Hunger Games star Willow Shields: Shields broke out into acting with a guest appearance in the USA series In Plain Sight and had a supporting role in the television movie Beyond the Blackboard.


  • Mane de la Parra: best known for Mexican telenovela Esperanza del Corazon. De la Parra is also known for El Cielo en tu Mirada.


  • Radio personality Raul Brindis: El Show de Raul Brindis y Pepito. He is also an actor known for Selena: Noche de Estrellas, Viva el Sueño and Nuestra Belleza Latina

Sponsors of the Holiday Parade include:


Presenting Sponsor: La Plaza Mall - A Simon Mall         


Bert Ogden Dealer RGV

L&F Distributors

McAllen PUB

McAllen CVB

Anzalduas –McAllen-Hidalgo Bridge System

Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson

ERO Architects

McAllen Reynosa Maquilla Association


Melden & Hunt

Halff & Associates

IBC Bank



Plains Capital Bank


Palenque Grill

South Texas College


Media Partners

Entravision Communications Corporation



The Monitor

Lamar Advertising

R Communications

Univision Radio KGBT 98.5
iHeartMedia, Inc.

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