Parks & Recreation


The McAllen Holiday Parade is it the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas. This celebration has also been selected as the Best Parade in the World 5x and Best Parade in Texas 5x by the International and Texas Festival & Events Associations


The McAllen Parks and Recreation Department is honored to have been awarded the following awards for its continued innovation in community facilities and overall community engagement:

  • Awards (City Wide Recognition)
  • McAllen Holiday Parade Best Parade in Texas – (Texas Festivals & Events Association)
  • McAllen Holiday Parade Best Parade in the World – (International Festivals & Events Association)

The McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Run is a destination event that is expected to draw more than 12,000 runners and spectators from across the Rio Grande Valley, United States of America, and Mexico. This is a Boston Qualifying Race that includes a 26.2 mile full marathon, 13.1 half marathon, 6-person relay, 10K, 5K and a Kids Final Mile.