LAREDO, TX – The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) Parade Committees would like to remind the community that applications for the 2018 IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars and Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parades are now available online with application deadlines set for Thursday, December 7, 2017.

“For 121 years the city has come out in full force to watch and enjoy the parades sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and International Bank of Commerce,” said Jeffrey G. Puig, WBCA President.

The IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars and Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade applications can be found online at www.wbcalaredo.org under the WBCA Applications section.

Please note that hard copies of the applications can still be obtained (upon request) at the WBCA office located at 1819 E. Hillside Road. To receive parade applications via e-mail please submit your request to wbca@wbcalaredo.org.

If you have not received your application via email and/or if this is your first time participating in WBCA parades, please notify the WBCA office immediately at 956-722-0589 and ask to be added to the email list.

Both parades will be sharing the same unifying theme this year: “Rockin’ the Streetz.” Float entries and parade units can find inspiration in stellar figures such as living legends, famous people, historical characters, rock stars, music icons, movie stars, and other notable luminaries who just plain “rock.” Be creative and colorful and show off all those diverse customs, music and traditions that make America beautiful. Celebrate America and its influences from various parts of the globe using the universal language of music. Show your patriotism and love for our Country, its people and its music. Use this opportunity to teach our children about America’s rich and diverse music history and showcase all the various sounds, instruments, musical genres and traditions that America holds dear.

The IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018. This illuminated evening parade highlights talented youth as they promenade over the streets of Downtown Laredo and entertain the crowds with their dance routines, marching units and fully decorated floats.

The Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Referred to as the “crown jewel” of the Celebration, this international parade is led by the ever-popular Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and features dazzling floats from all over South Texas. During this parade, Princess Pocahontas is presented with a key to the City by the Mayor of Laredo; the Society of Martha Washington debutantes display their beautifully beaded, glittering gowns; and bands, marching units, clowns and dance teams perform for the crowds making this a truly unforgettable event.

The entry fee for each of the two parades for non-profit tax-exempt organizations is $20 and $250 for commercial entries. An additional fee of $20 is required for all floats and entries with generators to cover the expense of the fire department permit fee. Any applications received after the Thursday, December 7th deadline will be assessed a $150 late fee.

Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of two parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a car show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and contribute an estimated $14 million every year to the local economy.

The Washington’s Birthday Celebration was recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) because of the excellent entertainment value it offers to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.

The 121st Washington’s Birthday Celebration takes place January 18 – February 19, 2018.

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For additional information wbcalaredo.org, e-mail wbca@wbcalaredo.org, contact the WBCA office at (956) 722-0589, or visit 1819 E. Hillside Road in Laredo, TX.