MCALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The 2022 McAllen Holiday Parade had a rainy start Saturday night with celebrity hosts, illuminated floats, and McAllen’s musical folks.

Despite the rain on McAllen’s parade, NBC 23 and CBS 4 crews had a blast covering the South Pole of Texas’ event. Even through the wet conditions, the crowd’s spirits could not be dampened as they filled up the bleachers of the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium and surrounding streets with plenty of raincoats and umbrellas.

This year’s theme for the holiday parade was “South Pole and Beyond.”

The parade opened with a musical extravaganza featuring McAllen students singing and dancing to holiday songs, followed by illuminated floats that got the devoted crowd going.

Some of the most popular floats were the Star Wars, Chick-Fil-A, South Padre Island Sea Turtle and a NASA-inspired float.

Other attractions include community illuminated floats and the largest helium balloons in Texas. It is McAllen’s tradition to spin the balloons at the designated Vuelta Zone.

The McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B, is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas.

NBC 23 news anchor Sonya Hill and CBS 4 news anchor Chris Jacobs covered the parade, and those who could not make it to the parade were able to watch live on the following platforms:

  • NBC 23 from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • CBS 4 at approximately 6:30 p.m. (After the SEC championship game)
  • KGBT 4.1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • ValleyCentral.com from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Special guests for the parade included Mario Lopez, Linda Tovar, Dallas Cowboys’ Nate Newton, Tony Hill, Dixon Edwards, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

What roads remain closed until Sunday morning

Road closures for the parade will include closures along Bicentennial Boulevard from La Vista Avenue to Pecan Boulevard until 1 a.m. Sunday. For a complete list of road closures, click here.