Thousands show for McAllen July 4th parade

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POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 1:01pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10:57am

McAllen knows how to celebrate the July 4th holiday. Its parade brought an estimated 20,000 spectators to Downtown. 

"It's all of the USA's birthday," young Donovan Hernandez said excitedly. 

Beginning at 9 a.m., the parade started at City Hall and went 10 blocks; ending at Archer Park. It featured more than 100 entries. Marching bands, trucks, politicians and animals all made the slow trek north on Main Street. 

Kevin Coleman came out to see his grandson in the parade. His grandson's seven-anduunder baseball team won a tournament in Dallas. It's getting its recognition on the city's biggest stage. 

"It is a big privilege, and now they have the bragging rights and say we are one of the best of the best," Coleman said, supporting the team by wearing a Broncos shirt. "I like the parade, I like the festivities, and it is the Fourth of July. We're not working today, that's a good thing."

Many people came out in the morning heat. Those in the eastern shaded side had it easier than those on the western side of Main Street. Some who didn't bring chairs looked plenty content on the curb. It meant they got a front row seat to the action. 

But like other holidays, it merely gives many of us a reason to be with loved ones.

 

"To be with family and to always be around them. We're teenagers and we always do what we want so to be with my family," San Juan resident Abby Faith Rivera said. "We're going to do a lot of things today, so I'm excited."

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