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Mayor’s Brunch highlights Mission citrus industry

Mission, TX- The annual Mission Mayor’s International Brunch, a tradition that stretches back to the 1970s, will be another memorable one this year. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Mission Event Center.

“This brunch is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our international friendships and pay homage to the citrus industry, our culture and our city’s long and distinguished history,” Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña said.

Nearly 500 leaders from throughout the Rio Grande Valley, the State of Texas and Mexico will be in attendance to foster international relations. The breakfast serves as a tribute to Mission’s rich heritage and the unique role the citrus industry plays in the city’s prosperity.  This year’s keynote speaker will be U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28). Congressman Cuellar represents Texas’ 28th congressional district, which includes the cities of Mission, Laredo, Rio Grande City, and San Antonio.

“It is an honor to be selected as the keynote speaker for the Mayor’s International Brunch. This long-standing tradition is a unique opportunity to celebrate the Texas Citrus Fiesta, as well as honor the rich history surrounding Mission’s citrus industry as a whole,” Congressman Cuellar said. “To be in a room filled with local leaders, elected area officials, international dignitaries, state legislators and federal representatives, this brunch signifies the strong ties between sister cities, both along and across the United States-Mexico border. I look forward to being a part of this historic ceremony.”

The 9:30 a.m. brunch will also include a special sister city signing ceremony with Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz.

“Together, Mission and Fortin will encourage cultural exchanges, and stimulate economic development through our newest sister city relationship,” Mayor O’Caña said. “We look forward to this new beginning.”


The brunch will kick off the Texas Citrus Fiesta events Saturday which include the Fun Fair at Leo Peña Placita Park and the famed Parade of Oranges which attracts about 100,000 people annually.


The mayor said it is an honor to have so many international dignitaries and elected leaders taking part in the transnational celebration. More than a dozen delegations from Mission’s 26 sister cities will be in attendance at the brunch, some from as far away as Guatemala, Veracruz, and Jalisco.


“It is a distinct occasion where we strengthen relationships with our friends across the border and at the same we highlight the citrus industry,” Mayor O’Caña said. “The citrus industry is the foundation and the heart of our All-America City.”



WHO:                         City of Mission Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña

WHAT:                       Hosting International Mayor’s Brunch

WHERE:                     Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Road, Mission, TX

WHEN:                       Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:30 a.m.