Roberto Garza grand marshal of Rio Hondo parade

Former NFL star Roberto Garza will be the grand marshal of his hometown Christmas parade.

The City of Rio Hondo will hold its annual “Celebrating a Small Town Christmas Parade” beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. The parade is filled with marching bands, school group and floats.

It is held on Colorado Boulevard and begins at the Dollar General then heads toward city hall.

Afterwards there will be Christmas festival in the parking lot of the Rio Hondo Baptist Church where there will be food, music, face painting for the children and the chance to take picture with Santa Claus.

Garza was born and raised in Rio Hondo and played pro football with the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears.