7th Annual HISD North District and Fiesta Mart Parade unites community

“AMERICA UNITED Freedom In Education” is the theme of this year’s seventh annual HISO North District and Fiesta Mart Community Parade and festivities, set from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 27.

“The purpose of the activities is to promote neighborhood unity and empowerment and to show support for the children,” said Superintendent Erasmo Teran. “The 18 North District Schools serve approximately 17,000 children. In order to succeed, we need teachers, parents, and the community working together so that children can flourish as they confront the joys, sorrows, and challenges of life,” he said. The goal is to have positive and productive parent involvement in the education of children, to ensure that each child is supported in realizing his or her full potential as a learner.
The day’s festivities will feature a parade with community participants from area churches, schools, businesses and neighborhood organizations. The line up will Include cars, trucks, marching bands, drill teams, the Texas Vietnam Veterans, the Saint Charles Men’s Club train, the Houston Police Department Northline Park Storefront Civic Clubs, and the Player’s Pride Car Club. This year 100 entries are expected.

Northline Mall, AMERIGROUP, MetLife Resources, La Ranchera Food Products, BNM Company, El Dorado Communications, Washington Mutual Bank, The Life Center, OCE-USA, Houston Police Department NorthsidelNorthline Hispanic Positive Interaction Program, and television and radio personalities have agreed to participate including 4,500 individuals representing schools and non-profit agencies.

“This annual parade is a success because all key stakeholders get involved in the educational process,” said Rudy Talamantez, FIesta Mart Special Promotions Director. “The participants are highly involved in the schools, which is why Fiesta Mart is a proud sponsor of this parade. The North side Is very dear to our hearts because 29 years ago our first Fiesta Mart store was built on Fulton Street. This year’s parade is the kick off of our 2gth Anniversary Celebration. We invite all of our patrons to join us,” Talamantez said.

Parade participants will line up beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Northline Mall and will move at 10:00 a.m. through the neighborhood (Garrotsville Street to Bauman Road to Tidwell Road, to lrvington Street) by 11:30 a.m, ending at Sam Houston High School, 9400 lrvington.

AMERIGROUP Company, will sponsor the culminating activities at the high school. The activities include a carnival for children, pony rides, food vendors, arts and crafts. The entertainment will include school bands, dance performances, cheerleaders, and more. The children’s area will include moon walks, train rides, pony rides, and a wide variety of kids games. Bring the entire family and join in this fun event.

The community parade is another opportunity to unite the community and build community pride. The parade is free to the public and there is no entry fee to enter a float or a vehicle. Individuals that are interested in participating should contact Dr. San Juanita Garza, Parade Coordinator, at 713-696-7650.