Local legend: Houston’s Pancho Claus is coming to town in his zoot suit and lowrider
Sure, Santa is great, but have you met his cousin, or primo, Pancho Claus? He’s a zoot-suit-wearing, lowrider-driving Houstonian who has been passing out presents in the East End since the 1980s. Pancho Claus is a local legend in the Houston community who has even gained national attention, but this year he needs your help.
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Pancho Claus is a rich tradition of giving that spreads throughout the Lone Star state. Pancho Claus is known as Santa Claus’ cousin from the South Pole. Richard Reyes, also known as Houston’s Pancho Claus, has dressed up in a zoot suit and made appearances in his low rider sleigh for Christmas for more than 40 years.
Pancho Claus needs help: ‘Last year, we had like $20K. This year we don’t even have $2K’
It was a Santa's workshop Saturday -- with a twist. Instead of jolly ol' Saint Nick, Houston's own Pancho Claus and his volunteers were hard at work trying to make local kids' dreams come true, but they desperately need help from the community.
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Pancho Claus riding in a car to deliver presents to kids in east Houston. ROSENBERG, Texas – Houston’s beloved Latino Santa is coming to Fort Bend County this year with a toy drive for less-fortunate children. The League of United Latin American Citizens (Lulac) Chapter 2911 Fort Bend, whose mission is to unite Hispanics and empower residents in the community, will be hosting the toy drive on Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Rosenberg. The organization said in a release that Fort Bend County “sees a despair need” of toy donations, hoping the community can rise up to help children who may be without a Christmas toy this season. Saturday’s toy drive will run from noon to 3 p.m., with Pancho Claus making an appearance from 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m.Last month, Pancho Claus, whose real name is Richard Reyes, created a GoFundMe page to collect donations to purchase toys for children.
Pancho Claus asks for community’s help spreading Christmas cheer
Richard Reyes or Pancho Claus as he affectionately knows is asking for the communities help in spreading some much needed holiday cheer. “We don’t have no sponsors cause they aren’t doing that well, you can’t blame them at all,” Reyes said. We’ve already started getting more calls than we’ve ever had,”said Reyes. That challenge has forced Reyes to started a GoFundMe with a $20,000 goal to help purchase the gifts he will need. “We need to raise resources to be able to go out and purchase them ourselves,” said Reyes.
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In Houston, Pancho Claus Is Coming To Town Houston Public Media
Known for his low-rider and zoot suit, Pancho Claus brings a Chicano flair to the role of St. Nick. Generations of Houstonians know when you hear the rumble of his low-rider Pancho Claus must be close by. When you saw Pancho Claus coming, everybody was excited and we would run out, said Ramirez. And then after the shows hed like to tell the audience, if yall are worrying about the future of Pancho Claus, you just got a glimpse of it.Hernandez said he imagines updating the Pancho Claus look a bit tighter pants, a more modern fedora. The public is welcome to send off the holiday gift-giving cruise, led by Pancho Claus, on December 25 at Talento Bilingue of Houston.houstonpublicmedia.org