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Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Laredo International Airport (Maher entrance)
Admission: $5 for adults • 12 yrs. and under free
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The Washington’s Birthday Celebration (WBCA) is an almost month long held event in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in south Texas, that celebrates George Washington’s Birthday. It is the largest celebration of its kind in the United States with approximately 400,000 attendees annually. The celebration consists of various festivals; a Society of Martha Washington Colonial pageant & Ball, Princess Pocahontas Pageant and Ball, parades, a carnival, an air show, fireworks, live concerts and a city-wide prom during which many of the Laredo elite dress in Colonial attire. One of its main events, the Jalapeño Festival, has recently been named one of the United States’ top 10 eating festivals.
It was founded in 1898 by the Improved Order of the Red Men, local chapter Yaqui Tribe #59. The first celebration was a phenomenal success and its success and popularity grew rapidly and in 1923 it received its state charter. In 1924, the Celebration featured its first Colonial Pageant, which featured thirteen young girls from Laredo, representing the thirteen original colonies. The WBCA has become a Laredo institution, with its history closely tied to the history of the community.