Sponsored by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva la Vida (Live Life) celebrated the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. The parade started at noon and traveled along East Sixth Street before turning south for two blocks on Congress Avenue. A corresponding festival with food, displays, children’s crafts, and entertainment was set up on the streets near the museum.
The Austin Pride Parade was originally scheduled for the last Saturday in August—the same weekend that Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Although Austin was not impacted as much as Houston and coastal areas, that Saturday evening was a rainy, windy mess. The parade was rescheduled for a month later. This time the weather was perfect.
Austin’s Veteran’s Day Parade began promptly at 9:30 AM as the first of many color guards stepped off the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. A huge American flag was suspended via fire truck ladder above the north end of the bridge. Former Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell was the Grand Marshall. In addition to numerous veteran’s groups, participants included city municipal departments, Junior ROTC units, marching bands, Jeeps, Corvettes, horses, a plane, and a garbage truck. The parade headed north on Congress Avenue, and ended with an 11 AM Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Texas State Capitol.
Saturday was cold and dreary—not great weather for the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. Spectators still lined both sides of Congress Avenue, but the crowd was sparser than in recent years. Specially-marked “Toy Trucks” were scattered throughout the parade, and towards the end, the line-up stopped for children to put their donations into the vehicles. The gifts went to Operation Blue Santa for distribution to about 5,000 Austin families in December.
The annual Austin Pride Parade wound through downtown on Saturday evening. Parade-goers had plenty to celebrate, with this summer’s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage as well as Austin Pride’s 25th anniversary. The theme was appropriately titled Austin Pride 25: Celebrating 25 Years Of PRIDE In Austin.
Jo’s Easter Pet Parade and Costume Contest is a fun Easter weekend tradition, even for non-pet owners. The Dead Music Capital Band led this year’s parade down the sidewalks of South Congress. The parade ended in the parking lot behind Jo’s Coffee Shop (home of the I love you so much mural) where a stage and bleachers were set up for the costume contest. Entry fees benefited local non-profit Austin Pets Alive!.
Boy Scouts from around Texas converged in Austin today for the annual Report to State Parade. As usual, the parade formed on the Congress Avenue Bridge and headed straight up to the Texas State Capitol. Today’s parade was shorter than usual, lasting only about one hour. Spectators were sparse, but there were several thousand participants in the parade itself.
On Tuesday, January 20th, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick took the oath of office on the south steps of the State Capitol. A huge outdoors barbeque lunch followed the ceremony. That still left time to squeeze in a parade before the evening ball at the Austin Convention Center. I couldn’t attend the inauguration and I wasn’t invited to the ball. But I did walk over to see the parade.