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A Parade of Texas Holiday Celebrations

Lone Star State Parades Get Visitors in Holiday Spirit

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A Parade of Texas Holiday Celebrations
HEB Parade
Everything’s big in Texas. Right? Well, while that slogan may not accurately describe everything in Texas, it is certainly fitting to apply it to holiday parades. If you happen to be in Texas on turkey day or in early December, you might want to check out one of these traditional Texas holiday parades.

HEB Holiday Parade – Houston’s HEB Holiday Parade features hot air balloons, marching bands, cheerleaders, Clydesdale horses, costumed characters and more as it winds through downtown Houston. Reserved seating is available. Or, you can take your chances with the first-come, first-serve general admission seating.

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade – El Paso’s uniquely Texan Thanksgiving Day parade, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade originally began in 1936 as a prelude to the Sun Bowl, held on New Year’s Day. The parade date was changed in 1978 and it has remained a Thanksgiving Day tradition since, drawing over 250,000 visitors to the Sun City.

Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony – Over 150,000 spectators gather on the day after Thanksgiving to witness the Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony in San Antonio. In addition to seeing lighted river boats making their way through the hour-long course, spectators will see more than 122,000 twinkling lights illuminate the Riverwalk once the mayor “pulls the switch.”

Fort Worth Parade of Lights – For 30 years, Ft. Worth area residents and visitors have opened their holiday season with the annual Fort Worth Parade of Lights. Featuring close to 100 lighted floats, the parade has over 100,000 spectators lining its one-mile course and following the floats to the “Lighting of the Tree.”

Neiman-Marcus Children’s Parade – A Dallas holiday tradition for 20 years, the Neiman-Marcus/Adolphus Children’s Parade not only kicks off the holiday season in the Big D, it is a major fundraiser for the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. You can get reserved seating, general admission tickets, or bring a lawn chair and sleeping bag and huddle up along the parade’s downtown route.

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