The International Bank of Commerce Youth Parade Under the Stars took place Thursday, February 21. From pre-school to high school, Laredo’s talented youth partook in this magnificent parade under the stars. The parade boasted over 160 entries consisting of illuminated floats, glittering costumes, dance teams from local area schools and much more.
“Every year the city comes out in full force to watch and enjoy the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars. 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, WBCA President.
The winners are:
Judge’s Award Best Overall
Best Lil’ Schoolhouse & Academy
Best Community Unit
Laredo Police Department
Best High School Marching Unit
Martin High School Band
Best Middle School Marching Unit
United South Middle School Band
Best Elementary Marching Unit
Barbara Fasken Elementary School
Best Elementary Float
Freedom Elementary School
Best Private Float
Blessed Sacrament School Cheerleaders
Best Private Marching Unit
Our Lady of Guadalupe School Matachines
The crowd voted Trautmann Middle School Band for the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars 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.
WBCA chose the “Tecolotes De Los Dos Laredos” to serve as the Parade Marshals for the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars, which serves as a prelude to the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade.
The Parade started on Garden Street and moved south on San Bernardo Avenue finishing at St. Peter’s Plaza.
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The Washington’s Birthday Celebration, founded in 1898, is the largest Celebration of its kind in the United States. 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 yearly contributes an estimated $14 million to the local economy. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration was recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.