Category: South Padre Parade

Rio History: The Chocolate Highway of the Aztecs

            By Steve Hathcock Before chocolate was a sweet candy, it was a spicy drink. Some would say it is the oldest known soft drink still consumed by modern civilization in the Americas today.  Long before the first Europeans set foot in the new world, a vast trading network stretched …

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Movie Review: Little Women

By David Lee Zamora Special to the Parade Little Women starts off as a fun peek into the life of the March family during the Civil War, for the first few minutes, then like a professional boxer, the film starts to hit you with incredibly raw and emotional blows to the heart, leaving you dazed …

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Movie Review: Spies in Disguise

By David Lee Zamora Special to the Parade Spies in Disguise is the first animated film to leave me in awe with its incredible attention to detail. Honestly, I had to remind myself to pay attention to the film and stop looking at all the tiny details. I’m a huge fan of art and animation. …

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Rio History: When Rubber Meets the Road

            By Steve Hathcock I was chatting with Rod Bates the other day, at Rio Bravo Gallery located next to Little Caesars Pizza in Port Isabel, when a young woman came in and showed him some items that had come from her father in law’s estate. Among the old bank …

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Rio History: The Padre Island Story

                              By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Christina wrote to me about a book she bought titled, “The Padre Island Story” by Loraine Daly. “I know that books about Texas history can be quite rare and I wonder if you …

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Movie Review: Jumanji: The Next Level

                        By DAVID LEE ZAMORA Special to the PARADE Have you ever had one of those days where you wanted to turn off your brain, sit in front of a big ol’ white screen and see a film that will make you awe at …

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Rio History: Getting Her Two Cents Worth

By Steve Hathcock Back in 2007, I bought a canvas bag full of pennies from a man who had accumulated them over the past couple of decades. He tried to exchange them for currency at his bank but was told that large amounts of coins had to be in rolls in order for the bank …

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Creatures Among Us: Stunning, Clever Green Jays

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PARADE Bright blue caps its head, suggesting woodland shadows. Black velvet encircles its eyes, draping cheeks and throat. Olive back feathers and a lemon underbelly wash into milky green as it flutters off, dissolving into foliage, yellow blossoms and Spanish moss.  Green jays, South Texas’ pride and joy, …

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Rio History: The story of Velcro

By Steve Hathcock The most unique fastener ever invented, Velcro can be used when age makes fingers useless or when ripping a garment off quickly without tearing it is desired. Tired of pricking his fingers while picking burrs off his dog’s coat Swiss inventor George de Mestral decided to find an easier way to do …

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Movie Review – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

By David Lee Zamora Special to the Parade A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a sad but insightful film about death and forgiveness, that from the beginning hit me with immense nostalgia, only to put an ever growing lump in my throat that left me in a tearful state of happiness at the end. …

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