McAllen holiday parade costs far exceed budget

December 28, 2014 7:16 PM

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A holiday parade staged earlier this month by the city of McAllen and budgeted at $146,000 cost more than seven times that amount, according to receipts and invoices reviewed by a newspaper.

The Dec. 6 parade cost more than $1.1 million, a figure that officials in the Rio Grande Valley said sponsors would cover almost half of through cash and in-kind contributions but could provide no information in support, The Monitor reported Sunday ( ).

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