Category: South Padre Parade

That’s a Wrap: Hayden, Island Cinema End an Era

By RAY QUIROGA rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Courtney Hayden loves rainy days. “I sometimes bump into people at the post office (on rainy days) and apologize for doing my rain dance the night before,” she jested. While her appreciation for inclement weather may be peculiar for an area known for its sunny beaches and otherwise subtropical climate, her …

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Karate kids: SPI BJJ graduates two junior black belts

Photo and words by Gaige Davila  Two Laguna Madre area teens have become the lone junior karate black belts in the area, after more than six years of training. Kirin Cantu and Joaquin Rodriguez, both 8th graders at Port Isabel Junior High, were promoted to junior black belt in karate on August 18, receiving the …

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In the lead: Meet ABI-SPI’s new director, Deanna Powell

Photo and words by Gaige Davila Art Business Incubator (ABI-SPI) introduces local and out-of-state artists every year to the Laguna Madre area; and this year, they’re introducing a new director. Deanna Lynn Powell, from Dallas, is now leading the SPI Economic Development Corporation-created ABI-SPI, three years after its inception in 2019.  Before Powell came to …

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Creatures Among Us: The Intriguing but Maligned Bronzed Cowbird

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PARADE A bronzed cowbird is not a bad bird for depositing her eggs in the nest of an unwitting host, whose own brood often dies. No, the cowbird, like ourselves, does what it does to survive and prosper.  An obligate brood parasite—like about 1% of bird species, including …

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Read All About It: Unruly Cactus brings books back to the bay

Photos and words by Gaige Davila  Books, at least being able to buy them, have returned to the Laguna Madre area.  Unruly Cactus, a bookstore and coffee bar, opened three weeks ago in the shadow of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, its home in the Fort Polk Commissary building, the last strip of businesses before driving …

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Pirates Well Tattoo Studio: Port Isabel tattoo shop a family affair

By RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade rayq@portisabelsouth.com “Little” George Knowles vividly recalls how, as a teen, he’d scurry over to Harpoon Barry Welch’s tattoo shop, then located on E. Maxan and Garcia in Port Isabel, and nag the tattoo artist for an opportunity to learn from an area icon. “There was no chance he was …

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South Padre Boat Rentals: Business model takes the stress out of boat ownership by way of rentals

By RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’re a current or former boat owner who describes your ownership experience as costly, time-consuming, mentally and even financially exhausting, what you’re about to read may be for you.  For the past 25 years, Gabriel Vanounou has built a reputation in the Laguna Madre area as a …

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Laguna Madre Literature: Transcending time with “The Port of Drifting Men”

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The old adage of locals and returning tourists is that Port Isabel never changes. It is always the town between land and sea, where the high school sports teams are named after fish caught five miles away from the fields and courts they play on.  Maybe that’s true for the last …

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Mars-bound and down: Aboard the “Anne” with the Mars Ocean Analogs

  By Gaige Davila Special to the PRESS  Port Isabel is no stranger to sailors, but the depths of one group of sailors’ mission could not be more stranger. The schooner Anne and its crew–Andrew West, Gwen Whitney, John Wolfe, Reid Stowe, Kate Wicks, Oliver Parody, and Eric Goss–sailed from Miami, Florida, to Port Isabel …

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The Great Padre Island Coyote Hunt

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Editor’s note: This article appeared in the May 2021 edition of the South Padre Parade.  The time was 1931: Al Capone controlled Chicago and Will Rogers had yet to “meet a man (he) didn’t like.” Padre Island was a lonely, desolated place in the early 1930s, with only …

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