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McALLEN - The international award-winning holiday parade by the City of McAllen revealed its first lineup and featured celebrity guests for the sixth annual parade.

The City of McAllen will celebrate its annual holiday parade by bringing in special guests from NFL team Dallas Cowboys, Michael Gallup, wide receiver and Charles Haley, former defensive end.

“When it comes to stars, there are no bigger stars in Texas than the Dallas Cowboys,” said McAllen city manager, Roel “Roy” Rodriguez.

Previous DC players featured have been the main attraction as well as live entertainment. Bands like Siggno and Los Tigrillos will be present for the two-night Christmas event and will kick off the parade in its accompanying festival, ‘Christmas in the Park’ located at Municipal Park. Tejano band, Siggno will perform Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 p.m. through 11 p.m. and close with the Norteno group, Los Tigrillos on Saturday, Dec. 7 performing at noon. ‘Christmas in the Park’ is free for all to attend.

The start of the highly anticipated parade began six years ago from McAllen's assistant city manager, Joe Vera.

“It is exciting not only because of his vision but because of the leadership and the City of McAllen and everyone who's involved in the parade that has made our dreams come true,” said Veronica Whitacre, McAllen Mayor Pro-Tem crediting Vera.

The parade attracts 250,000 plus visitors and is sponsored by many honorable entities. The Bert Ogden & Fiesta Dealership is one of the major sponsors that powers the parade.

“We really could not do this parade without Bert Ogden as they pull fifty of the floats,” said Xochitl Mora, McAllen communication director. “The floats are pulled by Bert Ogden’s 12,000 horsepower vehicles that power the McAllen Holiday Parade.”

McAllen’s Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 at McAllen Veterans Stadium located at 2001 N. Bicentennial. Tickets start at $10 for the east side of the stadium and $20 - $35 for the west side of the stadium to see floats and featured celebrity guests up close. Attendees with VIP tickets can enjoy all featured celebrities inside the McAllen Veterans Memorial stadium. To purchase tickets visit McAllen Convention Center’s box office or ticketmaster.com.

To purchase tickets visit the following links: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/mcallen-holiday-parade-2019/event/3A005748AC757A7F

https://www.mcallenconventioncenter.net/attendees/box-office-ticket-outlets/

TICKETMASTER LINKS:

iTunes: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ticketmaster-buy-sell-tickets/id500003565

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ticketmaster.mobile.android.na&hl=en_US