Dec 2, 2016 to Dec 3, 2016
The 2016 McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by La Plaza Mall, is looking for the young, and young at heart, to be a part of the tradition of making dreams come true for everyone at this year’s magical celebration. The parade, to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas. The parade features more than 50 vibrant lighted floats, 36 larger than life inflatable character balloons, 13 bands and a celebrity filled line-up (including Dallas Cowboys stars--Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley, and Darius Jackson) and, this year, features the musical theme of Entertainment on Parade. Over 240,000 people attended last year's parade and many more are expected to attend this year.
The one and a half mile long parade route begins at 6 PM, starting from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, 3129 Galveston Avenue, where reserved seating is available, and heads south on Bicentennial Boulevard to U.S. Business 83, where free seating is available along the route on a first come, first serve basis.
The Texas A&M Fighting Aggie Band will kick off the parade entertainment with an on-field performance before the start of the parade. Joining the band will be local children’s dance and choir groups, and the culturally popular Hispanic holiday tradition of La Posada, which reenacts Joseph & Mary’s search for lodging.
Christmas in the Park takes place in McAllen Municipal Park on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd. It features two stages of live entertainment, a carnival, interactive games, kiddie rides, Santa Claus, and festival food and entertainment for the entire family.
In an effort to protect its citizens, employees and resources from harm or loss, the City of McAllen conducts background checks on it volunteers. As a condition of volunteering with the City you are required to undergo a background check. Failure to provide accurate or complete information on your application may result in your placement being denied
Below are some of the volunteer opportunities available for the Parade and for Christmas in the Park Events.
*Please note the roles described below include but are not limited to the responsibilities listed.
Schedules will be listed as they are ready to be filled. Please check back often. More opportunities will be added as well.
VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTIONS
MCALLEN HOLIDAY PARADE PRESENTED BY LA PLAZA MALL AND CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
BALLOON HANDLER – Handlers must be 18 and over and must weigh no less than 120 pounds. Handler will help put balloons in place and assist in getting them ready for the parade. Handler will work with a team to carry the giant cold-air helium inflatable balloons down the parade route. This position requires attending a volunteer training session on Friday evening, December 2.
BANNER CARRIER - Banner Carriers sort out banners and distribute to all units. Banner Carriers march in the parade carrying a banner for a float, sponsor or other parade element.
Christmas in the Park:
STAGE MANAGER - Help guide each performer/group to the appropriate stage at the appropriate time.