The McAllen Police Department alongside Mayor Villalobos and City Commissioners demonstrated goodwill during the holiday season through their Ticket or Turkey event. Rather than issuing traffic violation tickers, motorists received a Thanksgiving turkey donated by the McAllen Crime Stoppers Board and the City of McAllen.
Dia de los Muertos Airport Exhibit
Dia de los Muertos Exhibit Honors COVID-19 victims
The City of McAllen and the Mexican Consul hosted a Dia de Los Muertos ceremony at the McAllen International Airport. The remembrance event was dedicated to those who lost their battle to COVID-19.
South Texas Book Festival
The McAllen Public Library won 20 Texas Festivals and Events Association Awards for the South Texas Book Fair Festival (2021), including the prestigious Best in Texas Award.
The City of McAllen won the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, a statewide community health competition for the fourth time in a row. The city also maintained its top spot as lead point-getter for the third year in a row.
Black History Month Bethel Gardens
The historic Bethel Garden, a sacred part of American history in the Rio Grande Valley, underwent an artistic transformation. Located in the heart of McAllen, the Bethel Gardens showcase art murals by local artists, native plants, and historic storytelling signs of the location’s history.
Keep McAllen Beautiful
Fiesta de Palmas Gives Back
The Fiesta del Palmas returned to McAllen for the 15th year with some changes and additions due to the COVID pandemic. The three-day event was held indoors and outdoors and featured a cashless payment for food and activities. This year the event welcomed two events with 100% of proceeds donated to the community. The “Fiesta Fun Pumpkin Patch” offered attendees opportunities to take photos, purchase a pumpkin and contribute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, the McAllen Rotary celebrated this year with Octubrefest, a Mexica-spin on the traditional German beer drinking and food festival that took place inside Fiesta de Palmas.
Kid's Maker Market
The McAllen Police Department demonstrated goodwill during the holiday season through their Ticket or Turkey event. Rather than issuing traffic violation tickers, motorists received a Thanksgiving turkey donated by the McAllen Crime Stoppers Board and the City of McAllen.