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Palmfest renamed to Fiesta De Palmas

An annual McAllen event has a new name —and a new focus.

An annual McAllen event has a new name—and a new focus.

Palmfest will now be known as Fiesta De Palmas.

It aims to celebrate the city's culture, with an emphasis on its Mexican and Tejano roots.

The Mexican Consulate approached the city of McAllen in hopes of working together to start something new.

"We thought, 'Let's combine them and just make it bigger to celebrate all the cultures in our community and certainly recognize the importance of the Mexican culture in our area, but all cultures," said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. "We're an international city."

Fiesta De Palmas takes place Sept. 22-23.

The weekend-long event will include live music, foods from all over the world, and the classic grito celebration.

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