On Saturday, Kingsville will celebrate the vaqueros who helped shape the city with the Los Kineños Trail Sign Dedication, followed by a festive and fun kick off to La Posada de Kingsville and the Parade of Lights.
The legacy of the vaqueros at the King Ranch can be traced back to Cruillas, Mexico, where Captain King recruited 120 men, women and children to the ranch. Their expertise in handling cattle brought significant strides to the legendary ranch and Los Kineños continue to make an impact today.
The Los Kineños Trail Sign Dedication will take place at 10 a.m. across from the Henrietta Memorial Center (405 N. 6th Street) with the unveiling of signage paying homage to Los Kineños. A special ceremony will showcase the history of Los Kineños and their contributions to Kingsville.
Once the ceremony wraps up, the kids can enjoy playing in the snow at the Downtown Pavilion (251 S. 6th Street) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., complete with a snow slide, games, refreshments and Santa!
The Festival of Lights runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as arts & crafts vendors display their work in downtown Kingsville (100 block of E. Kleberg Avenue).
The festivities continue with live music from Serjio & Ropin’ the Wind from 3 to 6 p.m. (400 block E. Kleberg Avenue), wrapping up just in time for the La Posada Procession and Parade of Lights at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s theme for the Parade of Lights is ‘Jav A Merry Christmas,’ a tribute to Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas and their considerable contribution to the community. Outgoing TAMU-K President Dr. Steven Tallant will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal and, of course, Santa always makes an appearance!
To learn more, call the Kingsville Visitors Center at (361) 592-8516 or visit their Facebook page.
You can also find information at the Kingsville, Texas La Posada Facebook page.