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Grand Marshal and Stars confirmed for McAllen Holiday Parade!

by Public Information Office | Nov 12, 2015

McALLEN – Actor Esai Morales, serving as Grand Marshal, will lead a line-up of showbiz stars in the McAllen Holiday Parade presented by La Plaza Mall on December 5. The celebrities were revealed at a press conference hosted by the City of McAllen on Nov. 12 at La Plaza Mall.


Disney star Laura Marano, telenovela superstar David Zepeda, talk show personality Guillermo Rodriguez, telenovela actress Ana Brenda Contreras, Disney star Olivia Holt, Suelta La Sopa personality Jorge Bernal and radio personality Eduardo “Piolin” Sotelo 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 route procession, the McAllen Holiday Parade will feature 60 illuminated floats and a large array of giant helium-filled balloons similar to those seen in the biggest parades around the country. The new route will begin at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium and will run south on Bicentennial Blvd. to Business 83.


Presenting the 2015 McAllen Holiday Parade stars:

  • Esai Morales: Morales’ credits include the film La Bamba, Bad Boys and Spare parts as well as the Emmy award-winning series NYPD BLUE, Criminal Minds, and Miami Vice.
  • Laura Marano: Marano stars as the lead “Ally” in the international hit Disney Channel television series “Austin and Ally.” This past year Laura was named UNICEF’s 2013 Trick or Treat Ambassador joining the ranks of previous ambassadors: Heidi Klum, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Selena Gomez.
  • David Zepeda: Zepeda is an actor who is best known for his roles in various telenovelas, as well as some film roles. In 2007 he worked in Acorralada, an Azteca production, with Sonya Smith and Alejandra Lazcano.
  • Guillermo Rodriguez: Guillermo is a Mexican-American talk show personality who rose to fame while working as a parking lot security guard at the Hollywood Blvd. studios for American late night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Ana Brenda Contreras: Contreras is a well-known Mexican soap opera actress. She starred in Salvador Mejía Alejandre's telenovela “Lo Imperdonable” alongside Iván Sánchez.
  • Olivia Holt- In 2011, Olivia got her break out role as "Kim Crawford", a confident martial artist and the only girl in the dojo who can go toe-to-toe with the boys, in the Disney XD comedy series, Kickin' It
  • Jorge Bernal- Bernal is best known as Mr. Check It Out and he also hosts popular Telemundo show Suelta La Sopa.
  • Eduardo “Piolin” Sotelo- Radio personality Piolin has hosted his own SirusXM showand provided voicing for Ice Age: Continental Drift and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
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