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Labonte Park full of campers fulfilling Easter Weekend tradition

Posted: 9:47 PM, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-19 23:17:16-04

Year after year, families flock to Labonte Park along the Nueces River at the northwestern tip of the Corpus Christi city limits for Easter Weekend camping, and this year is no exception.

“Easter Weekend, that’s our tradition every year,” camper Minerva Cortez said. “The kids are all grown up, but us as grownups, we still do it.”

Families have been reserving their spots at the campground along Interstate 37 for weeks. Few sites if any remained available as campers moved-in on Friday.

“The whole thing is getting all of the family together every year,” said Cortez who estimates she’s camped-out at Labonte Park for Easter Weekend for the past 20 to 25 years. “It’s Easter, and that’s what we always do.”

Lots of families brought comforts from home with them. Cortez had a blow-up mattress in her tent and a generator to power lights. Fellow-camper Salvador Leal had his music blasting a few campsites away. He says the hundreds of campers that share the grounds of Labonte Park over Easter Weekend do a good job keeping the peace no matter what issue arise.

“People are cool [with the music playing] through the night,” Cortez said. “Everybody has a good time. There’s no problems, no fights. It’s a good time to be here.”

The city does charge a fee to camp at Labonte Park over Easter Weekend. It’s $55 for campsites that can accommodate RV’s for the three day weekend. It’s $28 for normal sites.