Part folk art, part pageantry, Mission’s Texas Citrus Fiesta (January 21—29) is one of America’s classic festivals, displaying native creativity while promoting the area’s main export: fruit. Locals spend hundreds of hours decorating costumes and floats with Valley produce for the Product Costume Style Show and the Parade of Oranges, and each year they honor such festival luminaries as King Citrus, Queen Citrianna, and Princess of Grapefruit Blossom. This year’s theme, the Magical Kingdom of Citrus, promises princesses and princes and castles—with a twist. KATY VINE
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