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Posted on: December 9, 2023

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT MARKET SQUARE DRAWS HUGE CROWD

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There was plenty of Christmas cheer in downtown Brownsville with the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Market Square.

School children performed and danced to holiday music as family and friends and others sang along to the holiday tunes.

The large crowd was treated to music from 19 performers that included elementary, middle school and high school students plus others.

City Manager Helen Ramirez, AICP, emphasized the joy of Christmas and the positive energy generated by the community coming together. The commitment to improving Market Square, the permanent lighting, and the beautiful Christmas tree all contribute to creating a wonderful holiday atmosphere.

The event not only showcased local talent but also served as a means to support downtown businesses, according to Allan Garces, the downtown manager for the City of Brownsville. The involvement of various school groups and artists highlights the diverse and vibrant cultural scene in the area.

Garces said each year’s Christmas tree lighting gets bigger with more groups requesting to participate.

“This year specifically we had to extend it to 9:30 because we got so many schools and so many artists that wanted to join us,” Garces said.

Gallegos Elementary School teacher and coach Gabriella Guevara said the 3rd, 4th, and 5th, grade cheerleaders at the school couldn’t wait to perform.

“They are very excited to perform. They are dancing to Mariah Carey’s "All I Want for Christmas." They have been practicing a lot. We are excited now to have performances for them. They are eager to perform anywhere that is available for them,” Guevara said.

Parent Jennifer Longoria eagerly waited in the crowd for her daughter to perform on stage. 

Longoria said this was her first time at the Christmas tree lighting and that she liked the improvements that have been made to Market Square.

“I think it’s really nice. I think they made a really lot of improvements. It looks really good,” Longoria said.

The Christmas tree at Market Square will remain lit throughout the Christmas Season.

 

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