It was a glorious day for Juneteenth festivities in Austin. A list of just some of the parade participants tells it all: city council membes minus one, Constable Danny Thomas, Margo Frasier, Kirk Watson, Andy Brown, fraternities, sororities, graduates of old Anderson High, Cheops Temple, church groups, more Austin bicycle police than anyone’s ever seen in one place, Spirit of the Drum, Greater Houston All Star Band, Austin All Star Band, the Manor Ace All Star Drumline, and a band we’d like to know the name of, KAZI radio, the king and queen of Huston-Tillotson University, car clubs, motorcycle clubs, the Wells Fargo stagecoach hitched with a team of six horses, Capital Metro, Fiesta Markets, H-E-B with its super-giant self-propelled shopping cart, and at least four riding clubs showing off beautifully groomed gaited horses, and much, much more, including representation from many City of Austin departments. The weather was beautiful and spirits were high, as toy-camera photos and unedited videos will attest.
Eddie Izzard will be performing for three nights, June 6, 7, 8 at The Paramount Theater here in Austin! If you haven’t heard of Eddie, he is, in my opinion, one of the most brilliant, intelligent and hilarious comedians ever. I’m always surprised at how many people I meet are indeed not only familiar, but in fact die hard fans of his. His humor is simultaneously absurd and cerebral tackling many subjects such as history, bigotry (Eddie likes to wear women’s clothes), movies, love, flags, monkeys with banjos, royalty being attacked by crazy dogs, Star Wars, riding a Vespa and coolly saying “Ciao”, murderous dictators and oh so much more.
Tickets go on sale March 16 at 10 a.m. here. Prices range from $40-$72.50.