The 79th annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges will kick off Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. This year’s TCF theme is “Citrus, Cartoons & Comic Book Characters.” The deadline to turn in applications and the $40 entry fee to be in the parade is Dec. 8. The fee is waived for school bands, accompanying marching units and those waived through $1000 sponsorships.
All application and entry fees must be turned into the Texas Citrus Fiesta Office. For more information call (956) 585-9724.
Floats in the Valley Product Category must adhere to the parade theme and be decorated with at least two-thirds citrus or other products grown in the Rio Grande Valley. The vehicles pulling the float should be decorated even if it is not done in product.
Floats will be judged on use of Valley products (40 points), workmanship (30 points), adherence to theme (20 points), and originality (10 points). First place Sweepstakes Award will receive $1000, second place Grand Marshal’s Award will receive $500 and third place Presidents’ Award will receive $350.
Floats entered in the General, Church and Winter Texans categories will be judged on workmanship (40 points), adherence to theme (40 points), and originality (20 points). First place Judges Award, will receive $100, second place Fiesta Award, will receive $75, and third place Mayor’s Award, will receive $50.
There will be a Winter Texan Category I for parks with less than 199 spaces and a Winter Texan Category II for parks with 200 or more spaces. First place will receive $100, second place $75 and third place $50.
Church categories do not have to follow the theme. Any type of material can be used to decorate and the float may have a religious theme. One-third of the towing vehicle must be decorated to match the theme. First Place, The Chosen One, will receive $100. Second place, The Leader, will receive $75 and third place, The Follower, will receive $50.
On the day of the parade all entries must in line by 2 p.m. Floats entered in competition must be in place by 1 p.m.