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EDITORIAL: A big, Texas Christmas: City of McAllen........

plans ‘fantastic’ holiday parade in Texas, everyone seems to pride themselves in trying to be the biggest, the best and the most outstanding. And we’re pretty darn good at it. Or, at least we try the hardest.

Take, for instance, the planned Dec. 6 absolutely new and improved Holiday Parade and its associated day-long activities that the City of McAllen is sponsoring with a multitude of other organizations will be unlike any other holiday event in Texas.

Take a listen to some of the superlatives bantered about on Monday morning during a news conference announcing this fete. According to city leaders it will be: “great,” “spectacular,” “fantastic,” “unique” and “totally different.”

Of course, the City of McAllen has long had a holiday parade, but Assistant City Manager Joe Vera, chief organizer of this year’s event, says we’ve never had anything of this size in the Valley, or any such holiday event south of San Antonio to rival it.

So what will make this event so extraordinary? Apparently 40 riveting, illuminated floats and 16 giant, helium-filled and cold-air Macy’s-Thanksgiving-Parade-type-balloons, we’re told.

Vera told a member of The Monitor’s Editorial Board that a “Kermit” balloon that plans to make an appearance stands 60-feet tall; an “Animal” balloon is 50-feet high. They’ll tower above our beloved palm trees and tropical skyline at around 80-feet high, he said.

“The McAllen Holiday Parade of 2014 is transforming what we had in the past to something extraordinary and magical,” Vera said. “McAllen will be a destination location for people coming here to this event in the future,” he promised.

The parade is being sponsored by La Plaza Mall and the balloons and floats will be supplied by a New Orleans company that caters to the world famous Mardi Gras parades.

We all know how well that party to the East goes over every year and so we are excited and optimistic that ours will be equally entertaining — albeit much more family-friendly.

The parade route will start at Business 83 and go north on Bicentennial Boulevard, ending at the McAllen High School Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. Five continuous rows of bleachers will be set up for viewing stands along Bicentennial Boulevard. Nearby Municipal Park will be ground zero for fun, entertainment, food, arts and crafts and other surprises.

Folded into this year’s event will be the McAllen Tamale Fest; the McAllen Kids Fun Run; the premier McAllen Kids Marathon; and La Posada.

The festivities are scheduled to start at noon and the grand parade itself is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.

At least 12 marching bands, a military band and a university band from Mexico will participate in the parade, as will the Clydesdale Budweiser Horses.

And, if our numbers hold true and the 5,500 children and parents who participated in the Sept. 6

Kids Marathon Kickoff event — when they ran their first mile — all show up on Dec. 6 to run their last mile, then we will have thousands of runners up the parade route beginning at 4 p.m. to receive their marathon medals for have completed 26.2 miles over four months.

The Monitor is especially proud to be a co-sponsor of the Kids Marathon, along with the City of McAllen, McAllen Independent School District and the Boys & Girls Club.

We hope the run (to be done in conjunction with the Kids Tamale Fun Run for ages 5 to 13) will promote healthy exercise and instill confidence in our youth that they can take on a marathon and accomplish this goal.

There is still time to sign up for the marathon and parents may also run the last mile with their children. The fee is $10 per participant. To enroll, go to www.mcallenmarathon.com and click on Kids Marathon Program.

After the run, stick around for the parade, enjoy some delicious tamales and other foods and beverages and bask in our mild December night as a community united.

McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez told us they’ve planned this to the T and have even studied historical meteorological wind speeds, which pointed them to this day as being the best to host this event.

We hope so.

“We have totally taken the parade to another level and this is really something that you should come and see,” Vela said.

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Article courtesy of The Monitor.

Festeja Halloween en IMAS

Fecha:          Octubre 31, 2014

Hora:            9:00 am. A 8:00 p.m.

Lugar:           IMAS (International Museum of Arts & Sciences)

                    1900 Nolana

                    McAllen, Tx.

Visita www.imasonline.org

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Festival de Día de los Muertos en McAllen

El Museo Internacional de Arte y Ciencia (IMAS) tendrá su 4to. Festival del Dia De Los Muertos, en donde habrá diversas actividades tradicionales para niños y adultos, incluyendo una demostración de pintura de arena por el artista Shinzaburo Takeda, pintura de caras, papel maché, una charla sobre curanderos, cráneos de azúcar decorados,  espectáculos de danza y mucho más! !

Este Festival incluirá una recepción de apertura de "Recuerdos" Honrando a Sam Z. Coronado, el sábado 02 de noviembre 2014, de1:00 a 3:00 p.m. con una exposición retrospectiva de la herencia de uno de los artistas Chicanos más importantes, así como el co-fundador de Mexic-Arte Museum de Texas y el Museo de Arte Mexicano-Estadounidense.

El Día de los Muertos es una fecha en el que las familias decoran las tumbas de los parientes fallecidos y se instalan altares conmemorativos, en donde las ofrendas especiales se presentan con la intención de llamar a la casa de los espíritus de los muertos. Estos altares pueden incluir todo, desde muñecas de papel de seda, velas y pan de muerto (panes recubiertos de azúcar) fotografías, vasos de agua, instrumentos musicales y una variedad de otros regalos. La tradición consiste en incluir elementos que serían atractivos y reconfortantes para las almas que regresan.

Fecha: Sábado 1 de Noviembre de 2014, 9:00 a.m a 5:00 p.m.

            Domingo 2 de Noviembre de 2014, 1:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m.

 Lugar: IMAS (International Museum of Arts & Sciences)

             1900 Nolana

             McAllen, Tx.

 Más información en el tel: 956-682-0123 o www.imasonline.org

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Free Weekend Getaway in McAllen, Texas 2014

 

Embassy Suites Hotel McAllen

Register to win a fun Free Weekend at the beautiful Embassy Suites hotel in McAllen, Texas.  The package includes and is exclusively for our Mexico residents:

  • A Free Two (2) Night stay (One Room) at the beautiful Embassy Suites hotel
  • A $100 Shopping Card to La Plaza Mall
  • Deadline to Register is November 24, 2014
  • The winner will be notified on Monday, December 1, 2014

Register Here

You must be 18 years old to win.  Restrictions do apply. Hotel black-out dates will apply.

Oktoberfest en McAllen

Con el verdadero espíritu del festival alemán, el Club Rotario del  Sur de McAllen, se enorgullece en presentar, Oktoberfest! Todos los años, los rotarios hacen un   esfuerzo juntos para organizar esta fiesta que ayuda a promover la buena voluntad y a tener mejores amistades, pero lo más importante es para recaudar dinero para apoyar a organizaciones de beneficencia de McAllen.

Disfruten de una gran noche llena de amigos, comida y diversión, todo para una buena causa! Los boletos cuestan $ 60.00 / $ 75.00 @ Door, con todo incluido. El Club Rotario del Sur de McAllen, es una organización sin fines de lucro para realizar obras de caridad.

Fecha: Jueves 30 de Octubre de 2014

Hora: 6:00 p.m a 11:00 p.m.

Lugar: IMAS (International Museum of Arts & Sciences)

            1900 Nolana

            McAllen, Tx.

Boletos limitados. Favor de presentar una identificación con fotografía y su recibo para recoger sus entradas. Para más información, tel: 1-866-937-3789.

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Festeja el Halloween en McAllen

En un esfuerzo para hacer de este Halloween una fiesta maravillosa e inolvidable con su familia, la ciudad de McAllen y organizaciones locales han establecido eventos impresionantes durante todo el mes de octubre. Ahora usted y sus hijos tienen muchisimas razones para usar sus trajes más de una vez este año.

Estos son algunos de los próximos eventos:

Festival de Halloween 2014
¡Llamando a todos los duendes, demonios, fantasmas y brujas! para celebrar con sus amigos y familia esta temporada de Halloween vestidos en su traje favorito, el Viernes 31 de octubre de 6:30 p.m. a 10:00 p.m. en el Municipal Park & Pool. Habrá música, comida, juegos, premios y, por supuesto, un montón de dulces!  Tambien habrá:

Paseos en Canoas Encantadas
• Juegos interactivos
• Juegos inflables
• Artes y manualidades
• Concurso de disfraces

Noche deTerror 5K
¡Cuidado con la oscuridad! Pongase su mejor disfraz y venga a visitar la carrera de 5 km en la Noche de terror o la caminata del sábado 18 de octubre a las 7:30 pm en el Parque Westside, ubicado en el 1000 South Ware Road. Habrá un montón de sorpresas espeluznantes para toda la familia. ¡Mantenga sus ojos abiertos y pongase Alerta! es posible que sólo se encontrará con una escena espeluznante aquí o allá. Una vez que pase la línea de llegada, podrá disfrutar de la comida, juegos, música y concursos con temática de Halloween. Los participantes que vistan un disfraz, recibirán un regalo especial.

Puede registrarse en City of McAllen Parks and Recreation tel : (956) 681-3333  o en http://mvevents.com/train/ai1ec_event/fright-nite-5k/?instance_id=527

San Marcos United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
Horneando algunos dulces de calabaza para la temporada o tallando una linterna jack-o con los niños,  El Huerto de Calabazas en San Marcos es un éxito local cada año. Detengase en el 301 W. Pecan Blvd. en McAllen o llame al tel: 956-682-1481 para más detalles. El huerto de calabazas está listo. ¡Dese prisa antes de que todos se hayan ido!

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McAllen's Vida Verde, April 18th, 2015

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Living Green Festival South Texas Style

Join the nation in celebrating Earth Day at the largest celebration in South Texas called VIDA
VERDE-living green!  Catch local musical acts, performance art, Dinosaur
George, Green Magician, Wild Birds of Prey, Reptile Adventures, Organic Cooking
Classes, Cooking with Natives like Prickly Pear Cactus, Farmer’s Market, Green
Business Expo, Eco-Art Exhibit, Kids Corner, Food Court and more all from 9 am
to 4 pm on Saturday at Quinta Mazatlan.  Kick-off the morning in a healthy
way and participate in the Run Wild 5K at 7:00 am…with a run through the forest
sanctuary!  Visitors will learn about the colorful native birds with
bright colors like the Green Jay, Altamira Oriole and Kiskadee as they greet you
at the gates to the historic Quinta Mazatlan—a mansion with a mission. 
For more information please visit www.quintamazatlan.com.

Festival Internacional PalmFest 2014

La Ciudad de McAllen te invita a unirte a nuestra comunidad en la celebración anual del Palmfest 2014,  en el Centro de Convenciones de McAllen el sábado, 4 de octubre y el Domingo, 05 de octubre. Ahora en su octavo año, Palmfest ofrece una variedad de actividades para toda la familia como:

• Principales atracciones
• Pantalla Histórica
• Arte
• Juegos para la familia
• Paseos y actividades
• concursos de cocina
• Demostraciones
• Entretenimiento en vivo
• Alimentos y bebidas

Más información en: www.palmfest.com

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Travel Tip – Cheap Eats in McAllen, Texas

 

I’m always on the lookout for affordable local dining as I travel the country by RV. Whether you’re staying in the Rio Grande Valley for the winter or just in for a weekend of RV camping, be sure to check out these low-cost eats in McAllen. 

Affordable McAllen Eateries

Delia’s Tamales – Tamales by the dozen and flavors to tempt every taste bud! Five locations in the McAllen area make it easy for RV travelers to get their tamale fix at Delia’s.

Sweet Temptations – Road weary RV travelers will think they’ve gone to Heaven when they taste Sweet Temptations’ Caramel Banana Pie! A big menu filled with home-cooked favorites; this is diner food on steroids!

The Soda Fountain (at Lee’s Pharmacy) – Awesome, affordable classics from BLTs to Chorizo and Egg Tacos, from a fountain holding court in a pharmacy. (They close mid-afternoon so feed your ice cream fix early!)

Zamoras – I can’t pass up the chance to offer another Mexican favorite. The botanas platter will feed the whole table! Nice family atmosphere, too.

Blue Onion – Ready for healthy, affordable food made from scratch? This local gem (2 locations in McAllen) deserves rave reviews for their creative flatbread and dips, outstanding wraps and colorful, farm fresh salads.

Kusina Restaurant & Market – You might not expect first-class Filipino food from this tiny café in a market, but that’s what you’ll find at Kusina on North 23rd St. Great food, very affordable.

Rio Pizza RGV – RV camping foodies must try the inventive pizza creations served from one of McAllen’s first food trucks! If you’re going to be in McAllen, be sure to call Rio Pizza to learn where the truck will stop next. You won’t regret it!

Thai Red Chili’s – Fun to find authentic, low cost Thai food in McAllen. Extensive menu and daily lunch specials make this Asian oasis on North Ware a best bet.

Espi and T’s – A cozy place to enjoy American favorites like meat loaf and burgers or spicy specialties like Asado de Puerco and Huevos ala Mexicana. 

Weigh in!

When traveling by RV, most campers learn to cook delicious meals in a motorhome kitchen. But when it’s time for a break from cooking, McAllen, Texas has outstanding eats that won’t wipe out your camping budget.

Take time when you’re in town to try a few, and let us know which ones will have you coming back for more.

 

About the Author:

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.

Emmanuel Y Mijares en concierto!

McAllen una vez mas se enorgullece de tener espectaculos de primera calidad presentando a dos de las mejores voces de la musica latina. Emmanuel y Mijares se presentaran el Sabado, Septiembre 27 a las 8:00 pm en el State Farm Arena con su tour llamado "Two'r Amigos". Entre los dos suman mas de 44 albums grabados y prometen traer un expectaculo inolvidable a la ciudad de McAllen.

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Los boletos pueden ser adquiridos en www.ticketmaster.com o llamando al (956) 843-6688.

 

 

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