After the parade

There were people mounted on longhorns, a carbide cannon, an anti-war protester, a lawnchair drill team, and not one, but two, military bands, one from Camp Mabry and one from Fort Hood. They were excellent, as always, and we weren’t the only ones to follow the Fort Hood group all the way to the Capitol, and then turn around and pick up the Camp Mabry band down around Fifth Street and accompany it to the Capitol as well. These bands are small but professional and play nothing but the classic marches, arranged traditionally. The other noteworthy musical group was on the Broken Spoke float: I didn’t recognize everybody, but I did recognize Mr. White, who owns the Spoke with his wife, and Danny Young, mayor of South Austin and owner of the Texicalli Grill, on the rub-board. Probably, the group was most, if not all, of the Cornell Hurd Band.

The people there with Kinky Friedman for Governor signs and stickers had only what their pets were wearing by the time we got up to their corner.


At the downtown farmers’ market in Republic Square, J.C. was nowhere to be found. Maybe he’d been there and sold out his asparagus and gone. It was great to get some at the South Austin farmers’ market, but you can never have enough. We did see Miguel, who’s often at the South Austin Market. From him, we acquired spinach, chard, beets, and cilantro.

At the tamale stand there was a young woman wearing on her head one of those baskets in which people on the other side carry tamales and tortillas to market. Somebody had what looked like a boxer-pitbull mix straining at the leash and barking like crazy. When she removed her headgear the dog calmed down immediately.

Then we stopped by the Austin History Center to donate our run of Tribeza and as many issues of Austin Monthly as we have.

1 Comment so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on March 6th, 2005 @ 7:40 pm

    The young woman with the basket on her head is Leonor Banos-Stoute. She also sells her tamales at the Westlake Farmers Market. They’re excellent.

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