Hundreds of Laredoans, out-of-town visitors and tourists once again lined up along San Bernardo Ave. and Victoria St. on Saturday, February 23 to witness the annual Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade at 9 a.m.
Through their creative efforts, participants emphasized the importance of tradition and patriotism by highlighting patriotic celebrations throughout the country with this year’s parade theme Our Culture Unites Us. Over 190 float entries and parade units found inspiration in the customs and traditions of the many faces of America from various parts of the globe. Parade entries were creative and colorful and showed off all those things that make America beautiful.
“Every year the city comes out in full force to watch and enjoy the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade. This year’s parade was no exception. Featuring incredible floats, marching bands, dancers, and many other groups from both the United States and Mexico, the parade was surely a treat for all the parade goers,” said Jay Puig.
The winners are:
Best Overall – #63 Our Lady of Guadalupe School
Commercial Float – #60 Lewis Energy
Community Float – #128 Laredo Police Department
Private School Float – #36A Best Lil School House & Academy
High School Band – #70 United High School Band
High School Cheer – #165 United South High School Cheerleaders
High School Dance – #69 United High School Larriettes
High School Military – #39 Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School JROTC
Marching Unit International – #146A Colegio Salvador Novo
Marching Unit Community – #122 Laredo Veterans Coalition
Best Equestrian – #49 Miss Rodeo Mexico
The crowd voted John B. Alexander High School Outdoor Performance for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade People’s Choice Award. This was created as a bonus category where spectators and television viewers voted for their favorite entry via the WBCA App.
The 2019 WBCA Ambassadors who rode on the floats were: Mr. South Texas and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, 2019 Air Show Marshal Major General Tracy Norris, 2019 Bridge Speaker and Texas Secretary of State David Whitley, 2019 Poster Artist Jennifer Ramos, the Abrazo Children, as well as George and Martha Washington, young debutantes of the Society of Martha Washington and their escorts. As is the tradition, Mayor Pete Saenz handed the key to the City to Princess Pocahontas in front of the WBCA Grand Stand.
Anheuser-Busch proudly sponsors the Washington’s Birthday Parade.
“Many things have changed in the past 26 years,” said Steve LaMantia. “One thing that hasn’t changed is L&F’s commitment to WBCA and to the community. WBCA has the unique distinction of being an on-going non-profit entity for 122 years, serving a very diverse community in celebration of not only George Washington but of Laredo, itself!”
Laredo Little Theatre, served as the 2019 Parade Marshal for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade.
Founded in 1911, the mission of the Laredo Little Theatre is to preserve, develop and promote the arts and culture in Laredo and our surrounding communities. The scope of the theatre’s programming varies in each of the following: theater arts, dance and music. While incorporating aspects of acting technique (including voice and movement), the focus is on individual creative expression and performance in a safe, collaborative environment. Theater is used as a tool for enhancing self-esteem, developing language and communication skills, strengthening cultural identity, increasing academic and vocational skill sets, and promoting literacy in both English and Spanish. WBCA is proud to honor the Laredo Little Theatre as the 2019 Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade Marshals.
For additional information, e-mail wbcalaredo.org, contact the WBCA office at (956) 722-0589, or visit 1819 E. Hillside Road in Laredo, Texas.