The Whitehead Memorial Museum float

The Whitehead Memorial Museum float goes down Main Street on Thursday, during the Fourth of July celebrations. Pictured from the left are: Jessanie Saenz, Anais Diaz, Kelly Baughman, Aubry Zambrano, Joey Zambrano, Crystal Zambrano.

Del Rio always celebrates Independence Day with a south-of-the-border flair, and this year’s festivities were no exception.

The fun got started at the Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez Jr. Amphitheater and on the grounds of the Lt. Thomas Romanelli Memorial Park along the San Felipe Creek with La Quimica and Los Chicos del 512, Arrowhead, the Rough River Band and TNT.

A kid’s carnival was set up on the east side of the Joe Ramos Center, and bouncy castles and water slides were available for youngsters in Romanelli Park.

Food and drink vendors stationed their food carts and tents along the walkway between the amphitheater and Romanelli Park and featured everything from ice-cold limeade and other types of aguas frescas, hot dogs, tacos, gorditas, sausages wrapped in tortillas, Mexican-style corn-on-the-cob, funnel cakes and kettle corn.

The fun ramped up on Thursday with the Ram Country 5K Color Run early in the day, followed by the traditional Fourth of July parade on South Main Street.

Legendary singer/songwriter Radney Foster, a Del Rio native, was named this year’s parade marshal and walked the route, along with Mayor Bruno “Ralphy” Lozano and Col. Lee Gentile, commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing.

In the afternoon, the festivities moved back to the amphitheater, with the start of the Del Rio Classics Car Show in the parking lot of the Joe Ramos Center.

The music started at the amphitheater with Angel Baena, continued with William Beckmann and culminated in the evening’s biggest performance, Foster’s musical salute to his hometown.

On the stage at Romanelli Park, fans of Latin rock were treated to a performance by Monoplasma.

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