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Chuy’s parade: because kids need toys

Those who missed Chuy’s parade on Saturday deprived themselves of the sights and sounds of a happy occasion, complete with temperate weather, giant balloons, live music, good cheer, dancing and prancing, and the opportunity to donate toys to Blue Santa.

Among the delights were two pipe and drum groups, the Hill Country Plungettes, children on unicycles, the Austin Girls’ Choir, the airport float (a personalized plane with a face) decked out with wreaths and a Santa Claus hat, the Travis High School band and Rebelettes, the Veritas Academy drumline, Los Texas Wranglers, Miranda Gil, the Biscuit Brothers, Ruby Jane, the Hill Country Plungettes, the Summitt Lion & Dragon dance team, a contingent from the wonderful 36th Infantry Division marching band from Camp Mabry, and much, much more.

It’s not too late to donate toys or offer other assistance to Blue Santa; there are drop-off locations all over town.

See some videos and still images from the parade, and remind yourself not to miss that lovely informal fresh-air event next year.

Chuy’s parade 2012: for a good cause

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children parade is one of the best shows in town every year, and the price of admission is low: a toy or other contribution to Blue Santa.

If you missed the parade, you missed large balloons, costumed greyhounds, jugglers, unicyclists, Star Wars characters, Police Chief Acevedo, Fred Cantu, the Travis High School rebel band, the 36th Infantry Division band from Camp Mabry, Los Texas Wranglers, the Summitt Lion and Dragon dance team, the Biscuit Brothers, and many, many more dancing, marching, playing, and singing groups. Watch for toy-camera images from the parade.

It’s not too late to give to Blue Santa and brighten the holiday season.

Chuy’s parade picked up the toys

polar bear balloonDespite the light rain, which lessened and then disappeared before the parade ended, turnout was fine and spirits were bright for Chuy’s parade today, collecting toys to benefit Operation Blue Santa.

We found the Austin Public Library Bibliophile Book Cart Drill Team to be particularly amusing, with those revolving lectern headpieces. We love the musical entries in the parade; some were Austin Girls’ Choir, a marching band from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, ESPADA pipe & drum corps, a lion and dragon dance team accompanied by drummers, Los Texas Wranglers, Franksten High School marching band, the Biscuit Brothers, Janie Balderas, St. Michael’s school band, and our local favorites, the Travis High School marching band.

Shown here is the polar bear balloon; others were a muppet, a smurf, and a reindeer; view these and additional images from the parade, as well as unedited videos. Anyone who missed the parade may still donate on line to Operation Blue Santa or donate at the December 1 event on South Congress, where you may have your picture taken in the human snow globe. Operation Blue Santa needs everyone’s help.

Chuy’s parade 2010

This is a balloon waiting to navigate low-hanging street fixtures, where San Jacinto and Eleventh Street intersect. Other balloons, along with many live participants in Chuy’s parade today may be viewed in still photographs and brief videos.

We enjoyed seeing dancers, balloons, and floats, and hearing music from such Austin favorites as Los Texas Wranglers, the Biscuit Brothers, pipers, the Travis and Anderson high school bands, and many more. Among notables participating were Rhoda Mae Kerr, our fire chief, and radio and TV personality Fred Cantu.

This parade is to benefit Operation Blue Santa, and anyone who missed today’s jolly event will find that there are still plenty of ways to be helpful in the time that remains: dropping off toys, volunteering personal assistance, or just plain donating money.

Chuy’s parade on the Avenue

elephant aloft

elephant aloft

Spirits were bright and the music was lively. The turnout was large, and dignitaries in the parade included our fire chief and our police chief.

Los Texas Wranglers were playing one of my favorite songs. I love it that the children’s gymnastics and dance groups mounted human pyramids and did handsprings all along the route.

I’m sorry that I didn’t get a good picture of the Travis High School band, always on hand for this event. There are more pix on line, as well as some videos. It did appear that, although Chuy’s parade itself seemed to be a bit less lavish than it has been in some years, the generosity displayed in the form of toy donations appeared to be greater than ever.

It didn’t rain on the parade

But it came close. This is one of the two balloons we saw at Chuy’s parade; Hello Kitty led off the parade and this was the other. Music was light this year. Los Texas Wranglers played nonstop. The Anderson High band was in full winter uniform. The Kyle Sisters and the Biscuit Brothers sang. And there was a karaoke contingent from GSD&M.

Crowd favorites were the little chihuahua in red holiday garb who kept jumping out of his tiny wicker sleigh. Other favorites were the Hawaiian dancers, the child gymnasts, and the gift-gatherers from Whole Foods masquerading as fruits and vegetables.

Maybe it was the sight of them that made us hungry, or maybe it was just the good fresh air. It was on to Matt’s, which was busy, busy, busy (and where the food was tasty, as always), followed by a stop at Rudolph’s tree lot on South Lamar next to the Walgreen’s – Maria’s Taco Xpress complex. I can’t think what else there could be that could possibly make this holiday weekend a happier one. And there’s still one day left!

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