Street-closing today: another parade

roycew.jpgRoyce West is governor for a day. To mark this grand occasion, a parade will close the streets this morning. Scheduled to begin at 9:00 am, the procession will go from Cesar Chavez up the Avenue to the Capitol. Buses will be detoured beginning at about 8. Downtown routes for walkers, drivers, and bus-riders will continue to be affected on Saturdays into the foreseeable future, as the Austin Farmers’ Market moves next weekend from Republic Square. As this is written, drum cadences can be heard coming from the south end of the Congress (now AWR) bridge. It sounds like Prairie View.

Update: This is an image from the parade. It was hard to select just one, so I just went with those personal favorites, sousaphones and spats. There were several high-school bands, and Prairie View made a very joyful noise. The buffalo soldier mounted and wagon detachments were not the last units in the parade, spoiling the spiffiness of some of those on foot behind who didn’t or couldn’t watch what their feet were stepping in. I saw lots of people to converse with briefly and many more known by sight or as nodding acquaintances. I just love Austin on a parade day.

3 Comments so far

  1. Wayne Warner (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    I am trying to locate a dear friend that recently moved to Austin. He rides a white Harley with windshield and plays guitar and keyboards. He may be doing window cleaning. If you see him please ask him to contact me, or let me know how to contact him. Thanks…………Wayne


  2. mark (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    Well, that wins the award for off-topic comment of the week. Unless you think he’ll show up at one of those governor’s events.


  3. Rantor (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    Maybe it’s an attempt at the six-degrees-of-separation method. Ask somebody who’s downtown to ask somebody to ask somebody . . . I think we’ve all experienced encountering someone not seen for years in the midst of a crowd in London or NYC or Vancouver. Why not Austin? Or maybe this is a message-in-a-bottle thing. Hmmmm. . . .



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