Feb 24, 2006

Fiesta Edinburg Parade & Activities

Tomorrow morning beginning at 10 a.m. at the county courthouse parking lot and traveling down University Drive to the Sugar Road intersection, is the Fiesta Edinburg Parade. The parade usually has about 150 different entries, from high school and middle school bands to floats.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce's "Fiesta Edinburg" is celebrating its 38th year. Following the parade there will be activities at Edinburg's Municipal Park.

The musical entertainment this year spans several genres with the opening act being hip-hop artist, Mack 10. Beyond the music and the parade, Fiesta Edinburg has plenty of entertainment for kids and adults. The "family fun zone" is an area designated for younger children, and features activities like face painting and balloon animals. Kids can stay in the fun zone while parents and older children enjoy the rest of the fiesta. There are over 25 food vendors signed up for the fiesta, as well as additional arts and crafts vendors.

I always join the other elected officials who participate in the parade. If your in town stop by I will look for you. I'll give you the secret blogger salute.

UPDATE: The parade just ended at around 12:00 noon. The day was overcast and cool, a great day to have a parade. The streets were lined with people from the community. Because University drive has wide medians people were up close. That was nice because we could have brief conversations with people along the parade route. My town is still small and this parade allowed me to say hello to a bunch of folks I grew up with. I have not seen some since high school. Everyone lays out in their lawn chairs with their extended family. "Hey Fred," I said to one old friend. "Are these your kids?" "These are the grandkids," he said. "Need to lose some weight Aaron." I told him that growing old is tough and that food was a vice he obviously shared with me. It's good to live in a small town, I thought.

One last note, unlike other years, I noted that they allowed political floats and cars in the parade. Elected officials got to ride up front so when I finished I went to the end to watch the political part of the parade. People went all out. Joe Ochoa who is running for Mayor had a noticeable presence. Ricky Rodriguez not only rode a car with his family but he also had an airplane up above with a banner being pulled behind him. All the other candidates were there with their families. It may seem out of place to people who are not used to it, but for most of us in Deep South Texas its all just sport and entertainment.

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