After recovering from your Thanksgiving festivities, the best way to kick off the holiday season is to partake in Downtown Austin’s annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade.
Chuy’s Christmas Parade
Started in 1989, one of Chuy’s co-owners, Mike Young, decided that he needed to create awareness for the Chuy’s annual toy drive. That year, friends and employees of Chuys paraded up and down Congress Avenue on bicycles, flatbed trucks and one firetruck. The next day Chuy’s tripled the amount of toys raised from the previous year’s toy drive. From that day the Chuy’s parade became an annual event.
This year will mark the 22nd Anniversary of the parade and to date, the parade has helped raised hundreds of thousands of toys for the Operation Blue Santa Program for the children of Central Texas. A stark contrast from the early years of the parade, this year’s parade will be filled with classic cars, famous children’s characters, giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, fantastic marching bands and the one and only Santa Claus.
When: Saturday, November 27th, 2010 starting at 11 a.m. (approximately 1 hour)
Where: Starts at the State Capitol at 11th and Congress. Moving south on Congress ending at Cesar Chavez (north of the bridge)
What: BRING YOUR TOYS! Santa’s helpers will be lined up and down the parade route to help round up your toys.