Report to State Parade: 2014

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If it’s the first Saturday in February, then it must be time for the annual Boy Scout Report to State Parade. Each year, thousands of scouts and their leaders from all around Texas gather in Austin for this parade. For obvious reasons, Central Texas is well-represented, but an impressive number of units come from far-away towns like Amarillo, Port Arthur, and El Paso.

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The morning’s weather was cloudy and warm, with temperatures in the high 60s. When I used to participate in this parade, I usually froze while waiting on the Congress Avenue Bridge for step-off, so I’m always happy for the scouts when the weather is nicer. Like many others, I just walked the one-mile parade route from the bridge up to the state capitol grounds. But, this year I noticed that the modes of transportation were more creative…

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Some scouts rode on trucks. Or at least their music did.

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This Venture crew proved that Segways can be maneuvered with just one hand.

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Troop 155 apparently travels by bus.

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Military vehicles can double as scout transporters.(And I swear this truck is in every single parade in Austin.)

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Canoeing up Congress Avenue might be easier than you’d think.

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Go Karts require some strong dads and a tail gunner for extra protection.

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