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 36th Infantry Division Band from nearby Camp Mabry marched.
Six White Horses from Hardin-Simmons University carried the six flags that have flown over Texas.
The horses were followed by the energetic Hardin-Simmons University Marching Cowboy Band.
This festive float carried the Lamar Middle School Choir.
The big balloons are always the highlight of the parade. The Coca-Cola Polar Bear was one of four balloons this year.
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