President’s Letter

As President of the 125th Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this year’s festivities. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration is the oldest in the United States, honoring the first president of our great country, George Washington. Done with international flair, the WBCA and the City of Laredo host a party of more than 28 events in 33 days! An incredible air show, a carnival with exhilarating rides, lavish pageants depicting our country’s early history, the one and only award-winning Jalapeño Festival, one of the country’s truly “international” parades, and a beautiful fireworks display are but a few of the events you can enjoy.

WBCA is an organization made up of hard-working volunteers that have dedicated their time and energy to improving the quality of life for the people of Laredo and the surrounding communities. So, whether you are a long-time veteran of the celebration or are new to our city and the Washington’s Birthday Celebration, I invite you to come out and enjoy the 125th year of this award-winning festival, done Laredo Style!

Along with the board of directors, I hope to see you at all of the festivities.


D. Matthew Gibson
2022-2023 President