4/4 time

This is the beginning of the Veterans For Peace unit in the parade. The greatest applause seemed to go to these people, the marching bands of course, singing Girl Scouts, the Fort Hood mule team and wagon complete with barking dog, and Lloyd Doggett. The parade marking Veterans Day took an hour and a half to pass by Second Street, so the last unit probably did fetch up at the Capitol at just about 11 am. Del Valle was there; Leander buses were there, but the band, an excellent one, wasn’t noted in the parade itself, Probably the band was scheduled to take part in the observances in the Capitol grounds.

An Austin multi-school band including members from Austin High, Lanier, LBJ, and McCallum played pretty much without a break and made a big sound out of the marches for all the armed services. We covered the Avenue from Second to Eleventh streets a couple of times, in both directions. I saw at least a dozen people I know. Poppies were selling well. It was a glorious day for a parade, and the turnout was better than it’s been in years. The next two parades to watch out for will be the Aggies and the Chuy’s parade with the Hardin-Simmons Cowboy Band. As we walked away from the Avenue, we saw a CarShare car at Fourth.


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