Feliz Navidad From Pancho Claus

December 24, 2008
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San Antonio's Pancho Claus

Today’s paper has the story, video, and images of Pancho Claus, the Tex-Mex incarnation of Santa Claus who visits us every year.  Unfortunately, the Chronicle’s video does not let me embed it here.  Watch the video, and don’t forget to check out the image gallery.

It’s a wonderful story, and it has a lot of nostalgia for me.  I remember every year after I grew up and moved away up North and then to California, Mom would tell me about seeing the River Parade on TV and Pancho Claus coming down the Paseo del Rio on the barge.  It was a holiday tradition.

Now back in Texas but in Houston instead, I find Pancho’s more contemporary incarnation: Instead of the genuine poncho, he sports a red zoot suit and arrives with eight low-riders in train.  After all, you can’t have reindeer running around a big city like this.

One Response to “Feliz Navidad From Pancho Claus”

  1. Zorya Says:

    Tom and I went down to San Antonio with the boys for our first Thanksgiving in 1991. Mom made a point of encouraging us to go downtown to watch the River Parade. The kids were fascinated with the floats.

    I would love to take Jacob down to see the parade – he would love it.

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