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Honk!Tx 2015: joyous sights and sounds

dancing in the streets

dancing in the streets

HONK!TX festival of community street bands brings life to the streets of Austin. For the fifth year, music and dance were to be found all over town, all free to those enjoying the event.

This is Austin as we know and love it. Some contingent (Wheatsville Co-op?) was offering kazoos to the onlookers during Sunday’s free parade to the park. They were put into immediate use.

View still images and unedited videos to see an acquaintance or to realize what you missed, if you did miss it. And if you did, resolve to listen for it next year and let your ears lead you to some of the best fun Austin offers.

Honk!Tx parade 2013: a thrill for the third year

Thank you, Honk!TX for parading again this year. Portable music that lifts the spirits and does not require protection for the ears is in scant supply and for that reason very, very welcome.

Even the many dogs along the parade route looked happy. Children appeared to be happier still.

Every group in the parade was a delight, and there was some wonderful musicianship. Among the extensive list of those in the parade, there’s no way to pick favorites, really, but we truly did love the Biohazard Brass Band, a super-sharp military aggregation, here all the way from Fort Sam in San Antonio.

We were so busy listening, marching, and watching that we took few pictures with the toy camera and not many unedited videos, either, but they are souvenirs of a wonderful day.

HONK!TX, Austin loves you!

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen so many happy faces, and it’s all thanks to HONK!TX. Austin’s own Minor Mishap Marching Band and Samba School were joined by community street-band aggregations from all over the country. The march was from City Hall east all the way to the Pan American amphitheater. What a treat!

And it was easy to stop off at the HOPE farmers market afterward for some tomato plants and Brussels sprouts from Johnson’s Backyard Garden, and wurst of the very best kind from Salt & Time. Today’s market seemed to have been displaced by Fader Fort events and so was set up next to Cheer Up Charlie’s, probably temporarily.

I was sorry to see that the Tejano mural, complete with Selena, on the old Iron Gate has been obliterated to make way for a depiction of a crown, since the freshly painted Iron Gate is now disguised as the Violet Crown Social Club.

See the following souvenirs of today’s fun: three unedited videos (if the long parade video is not yet available, check back) and a bunch of toy-camera photographs. Austin has been at its best today.

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