Category: South Padre Parade

A mile in their shoes: Walk for Women celebrates 16 years

By Pamela Cody Special to the PRESS      Walk for Women started out as a group of local women trying to help one of their friends fight a terrible disease. Now it’s an annual fundraiser by an all-volunteer, non-profit group that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 16 years to help women …

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SPI PRIDE: Island hold its 1st LGBTQ Parade

         By Pamela Cody Special to the PRESS   With the mission being to celebrate diversity, equality, and dignity, South Padre Island’s first Pride Parade took place Sunday afternoon.      Texas cities such as Houston, Austin and San Antonio host these events annually, but this was the first Pride Parade in the Rio …

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Movie Review: Gemini Man

By David Lee Zamora Special to the Parade Gemini Man is a run-of-the-mill action film with a simple and easy plot. But even with its moments of fast-paced action, it still managed to become incredibly boring at times. The film follows Henry Brogen (Will Smith), a hitman for the U.S. government who’s ever-growing conscience causes …

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Rio History: Moments in Time October 17-October 24

By Steve Hathcock Notorious Green Brothers Killed October 17, 1896:  The Daily Herald Brownsville, Tex. “The notorious Green gang of desperados were given a “hard” blow today by United States Marshal Samuel Rutherford and his men today. Bill and Edward Green were killed Luther Green, the youngest brother was shot and captured and Alton Baker …

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Rio History: Moments in Time: October 10 – 17

By Steve Hathcock Notice: Schedule Change The Daily Herald Brownsville, Texas, Thursday, October 12, 1893.  The regular train for Point Isabel will leave at 7 o’clock tomorrow morning instead of 9 as usual. The train will return from the point about 10 o’clock a.m., with passengers and express from the steamer  City Still Wide Open …

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Local South Padre Island/Port Isabel legend passes away

By Randy Algoe Special to the Parade                       Billy Russell Algoe, one of the few original Island residents passed away on September 26th, 2019. Billy was born in Barboursville, W.V. in 1934. He joined the Air Force in 1952, went to basic training in N.Y. …

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Creatures Among Us: Great Kiskadees — Voices of the Rio Grande Valley

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PARADE                         “Kis-ka DEE! Kis-ka-DEE!” The great kiskadee, a feisty, strikingly-colored flycatcher, shrieked its name as it swooped through the foliage fringing a boardwalk at Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville.  Though chirps and calls often baffle me …

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Movie review: Downton Abbey

By David Lee Zamora Special to the Parade   This week, I had to endure one of the most dull, boring, and vanilla films I’ve ever seen, and no, I’m in no way being overdramatic.  This film morphed my views on cinema and how truly awful a competent film with good acting, plot, and cinematography …

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Rio History: Yellow Fever in Rio Grande City and other Moments in Time

By Steve Hathcock                   October 4, 1846: American Flag  Travelers Hall Point Isabel “This subscriber has opened the above establishment at Point Isabel, where he is prepared to accommodate travelers and others who may favor him with their patronage at the lowest rates and with the best …

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Laguna Madre Yacht Club hosting open house next wee

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the Parade The Laguna Madre Yacht Club (LMYC) is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 502 South Point Drive in Port Isabel. The public is invited, where free food and soft drinks will be served. Attendees have the opportunity to converse with …

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