IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars Winners

IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars Winners

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.