Veteran’s Day: 2016

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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.

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Chuy’s Parade: 2015

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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.

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Easter Pet Parade: 2015

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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!.

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Texas Inauguration Parade

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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.

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