Rio Hondo Christmas parade set for Dec. 17

Special to the Parade

RH Christmas parade pic-12-8-11It’s definitely Christmas time in the city of Rio Hondo with upcoming events coming underway.

One in particular will be the Rio Hondo Christmas parade, which will be held on Dec. 17. Every year, the Rio Hondo parade, held down Colorado Avenue, has a different theme for the floats; this year being “Cartoons” in which citizens are encouraged to adopt a more “Toony” Christmas for the procession.

Before the parade will be a menudo and tamale cook-off.

Judges will be testing the cooking of Rio Hondo’s own to see who dishes the best in the city, and the winner will be awarded prizes.

Admission for both cook-offs is $25 and will begin at 3 p.m. and end at approximately 6 p.m. At that time, the parade will be ready to begin.

Following the parade will be live music and a dance where citizens will be able to enjoy themselves.

Mayor Alonzo Garza encourages donations to be made so that gifts can be given out to children there at the event. Garza explained that he, along with Rio Hondo firefighters and police officers usually distribute gifts to families. This time he wants to get the community more involved.

“This will be the first time we do this,” said Garza. “If we can get enough toys and gifts donated, hopefully we can give enough toys out to the children.”

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