Port Isabel kicks off first Independence Day Parade

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POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 3:05pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 11:56am

The City of Port Isabel kicked off its first Independence Day Parade this morning in the heart of the city, starting at Garriga Elementary.

The parade involved the Port Isabel Police and Fire Departments, and had a number of different characters including Transformers and Captain America.

The parade ended at Washington Park, where dozens of people from the community gathered to celebrate the day, instead of making a trip to a very busy South Padre Island.

Activities included potato sack races and hot dog eating contests. Food vendors and live music were available throughout the day.

"We decided to have it for the people because we can't move anywhere, so we decided to have it on this side and have fun here in our park," said Port Isabel city commissioner Maria de Jesus Garza. "We had a lot of participants this time, so we're very very glad and happy, and that's why we're all gathered here to have a great time today."

The July Fourth festivities ended at 4 p.m.

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