EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso estimated 200,000 people showed up on Montana Ave. on Thanksgiving morning to enjoy the 83-year-old tradition of enjoying the Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade.
Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas is proud of the volunteers and the staff for pulling off another successful parade in rainy and windy weather conditions.
“Despite the weather, it did not deter close to 200,000 El Pasoans from attending Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Olivas. “The parade featured some of the best floats in recent memory, and I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped put on such an enormous event. It was a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday.”
There were scattered showers until about 9:30 a.m. but that was not going to hold the community back from enjoying a tradition that generation after generation seem to enjoy. Many showed up with their blankets, portable heaters, umbrellas and canopies to relish the sights and sounds of the parade.
Joe Moody, a State Representative in El Paso said on Twitter, “[We] had a wonderful/cold time at the Parade this morning! Can’t recall a Thanksgiving I’ve celebrated in El Paso without going to the parade.”
The thousands in attendance on Montana and the thousands more that watched on KTSM Channel 9 got a glimpse of the ‘Bobble Heads on Parade’ as each float incorporated a bobble head of some sort in the design.
Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach, who heads up the Sun Bowl Parade knew it would be a challenge given the severe weather conditions the committee faced on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Daubach said, “The volunteers did one heck of a job preparing and covering everything that might have been damaged by the rain.”
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