HIDALGO — Spirited children squealed as the Lorax waved to them from a float bearing tropical palm trees and holiday decor Friday night.
Carrying the theme of Dr. Seuss, this year’s Hidalgo Illuminated Parade lineup included elementary school cheerleaders donning Thing 1 and Thing 2 outfits, and high school mariachi ensembles performing their renditions of holiday classics with the Cat in the Hat strapped behind them.
Alan Johnston, who has attended the Hidalgo Illuminated Parade for the past eight years, says that his favorite part of the event is witnessing the joy of the crowd.
“The weather, the kids, the people, the holiday and the atmosphere; it is nice to be here to see it all,” said Johnston, of Mission. “I love to see the fellowship and the happiness that we have in South Texas. We are amazed and pleased that a community the size of Hidalgo can have such a wonderful celebration for the holiday season.”
The annual parade marks the opening of the Festival of Lights, a 9-mile-long track in Hidalgo that is boasted as the largest Christmas display in Texas. Visitors are welcome to explore until Dec. 31.
Giselle Guzman’s favorite part of the night was seeing the Grinch after watching the character at a movie theater recently.
“Probably everything Grinch was my favorite,” said Guzman, 11. “It’s cool that I watched the movie, then I get to see it here. It’s cool seeing a lot of different varieties of the Grinch — some are dancing, some are just waving, some are acting like the Grinch but some aren’t because they are waving.”