The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association has selected outstanding community individuals to lead two of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration’s most traditional and time-honored events; the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars and the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade.
WBCA announced Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, as the 2016 Parade Marshal for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade. The IBC Employees of International Bank of Commerce (IBC) also received the same honor for the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars.
“This year we are privileged to have Glenn Hegar serve as Marshal for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Celebration Parade. Mr. Hegar currently serves as the Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas. It is always an honor when we have state officials able to serve as our parade marshal and we welcome him to our city with open arms,”
said Dr. Joe Castellano, WBCA President.
“Leading our WBCA IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars will be IBC Employees who have proudly served our community and given their time in so many areas.”
The IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars, takes place Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. The Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade, will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at 9 a.m., both follow a route South on San Bernardo Avenue, to the heart of Laredo’s historic downtown district.
Elected in November, 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is a vigilant steward of Texas tax dollars and a strong advocate for job growth in our economy. As a staunch supporter of government transparency, Hegar believes all levels of government should be open and accountable to those who pay the bills — Texas taxpayers.
Hegar serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer, and revenue estimator. He has a proven track record of fighting for conservative principles and ensuring taxpayer voices are heard in Texas state government.
In the Texas Senate, Hegar oversaw all state and local revenue matters during the 83rd legislative session, and was instrumental in cutting $1 billion in taxes for Texas taxpayers and businesses. As a business owner, Comptroller Hegar knows first hand that individuals, not government, will make better decisions with their hard-earned tax dollars and in turn help boost the economy.
Hegar also served as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, working to eliminate inefficiency in government agencies. In that role, he abolished six state agencies, saving the state taxpayers more than $160 million in the process. As a former member of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, Hegar worked on a wide-range of common sense solutions that affect everyday citizens, including public education, transportation, tax cuts, property tax reforms, water, and tort reform.
Before his Senate tenure, Hegar attended Texas A&M as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He then attended St. Mary’s University, earning a Master of Arts and his law degree. He also earned his Master of Law at the University of Arkansas.
Hegar is a sixth-generation Texan, who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. His upbringing taught him the core values of character, honesty, integrity, and hard work. These are the same values that Glenn and his wife, Dara, work to instill in their three young children, Julia, Jonah, and Claire.
“As with the previous 23 years Anheuser-Busch and L&F Distributors is proud to be a part of the WBCA. We look forward to the parade this coming year as we do every year knowing it is something to be enjoyed by everyone in our great city, knowing it is considered the crowning jewel of the celebration to be enjoyed free of cost,”
said Steve LaMantia, owner of L&F Distributors.
“We are proud to welcome Comptroller Glenn Hager, this year’s Parade Marshall to lead off 2016.”
The International Bank of Commerce Employees will lead the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars, which serves as a prelude to the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade.
“Our IBC Officers and Employees are pleased to be recognized with the honor of serving as Parade Marshals for the IBC Youth Parade. Their exemplary display of our We Do More philosophy, while contributing to the betterment of our community by volunteering and serving on multiple boards, makes us very proud. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we also celebrate the countless hours our management teams and employees have given to Laredo and beyond,”
said Dennis E. Nixon, IBC Bank- Laredo Chairman and CEO.
At IBC Bank the philosophy of Doing More has been alive and well for the past 50 years. That motto continues to be the hallmark of community involvement for over 550 employees that make up the work force at IBC Bank-Laredo. From executive management to all the employees out at the bank branches, IBC prides itself in providing the IBC Experience, which goes beyond offering excellent service, financial products, and convenient banking hours. Bank employees ensure that the IBC Experience extends to the Laredo community. Every employee is engaged with enhancing the quality of life for the people of Laredo by supporting non-profit agencies with volunteer hours and by serving on multiple boards. Employees also participate in just about every non-profit fundraiser, including those for our Veterans and people with special needs, on bowling teams and marathon races. IBC has also been a constant supporter of United Way of Laredo and its member agencies through employee and bank matched contributions. A half century of giving to the community has proven fruitful to the city thanks to IBC Bank Employees.
“We thank them of all their efforts in making our city a better place to live”,
said Dr. Castellano.
This year’s parade theme is “A Jubilation of our Traditions. ” Float entries and parade units can find inspiration in the customs and traditions of the many faces of America from various parts of the globe. Celebrate America through the years. Show your patriotism and love of our Country. Use this opportunity to teach our children about America’s rich history and showcase all that America holds dear from her national monuments to our natural/environmental treasures from coast to coast. Be creative and colorful and show off all those things that make this country unique.
Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and contributes 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 119th Washington’s Birthday Celebration takes place January 21 – February 22, 2016. Tickets for events may be purchased Feb. 8th at the WBCA Kiosk inside Mall Del Norte (at Macy’s Center Court).