'Pancho Claus' released from hospital

HOUSTON Actor Richard Reyes says he hopes to take part as planned in Houston's annual Thanksgiving parade.

Reyes, who says he feels "pretty good" after the heart attack, was released Monday from a hospital, where he spent the weekend after becoming ill.

Reyes, known for his swing band and lowrider vehicles, for more than two decades has appeared as a cool Santa Claus with a Hispanic flair.

He's known in the Houston area for his art and education efforts, especially mentoring troubled youths.

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