Old home day on the Avenue

travmari.jpgFlags on public buildings drooped at half mast. Flags carried by students in the parade this morning were flying free. The procession celebrating the 125th birthday of Austin Independent School District stepped off smartly within a minute of nine o’clock, and the last division left the Capitol grounds just about an hour later. Every high school was represented by some sort of musical aggregation, some larger and more smartly turned out than others (probably depending in part on the time, efforts, and pockets of the parents). This picture shows the Rebeldes del sur mariachi of Travis High School. Not every elementary school sent kids, but several did. The group from Barton Hills turned out flying a lot of those colorful three-dimensional carp on sticks. Forgione was at the head of the parade. No cheers or applause greeted him; on the contrary, there were shouted pleas to keep neighborhood schools open. Otherwise, congeniality reigned, amid much shaking of hands and many abrazos. As they walked up to the Capitol, many stopped for a time to enjoy the parade. There was already a line out past the front doors of the Capitol and bending around the corner of people processing through to pay their respects to her for whom the flags were lowered.

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