The perfect way to kick off the Holiday Season in Austin, Texas is with the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade – here’s all the details.
What child doesn’t delight in a Holiday Parade?? I know my kids love to kick off the season with the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade in Downtown Austin – this year it’s on Saturday, November 18, 2017 starting at 11:00 am.
It’s 28 years for the unique parade, which asks spectators to bring new, unwrapped toys to the parade to donate to Austin’s Operation Blue Santa program. One of our favorite things about the parade are the giant inflatable balloons – last year it was Kung Fu Panda, the Coke Polar Bear, a Smurf and Super Grover. And they will have local organizations like the St. Andrew’s Unisaders and the APD Pipe & Drum Corps, playing their bagpipes as they make their way down Congress Ave. The parade is free to the public.
Last year over 50,000 spectators participated, and the parade collected 20 percent of the toys Operation Blue Santa needed for the season. Blue Santa brings toys to kids in need for the holiday season, along with a meal for the entire family.
Other than it’s a really fun event for families, there is a great need that the parade helps fill……
“The need for kids in Austin has grown over the years,” said Parade Director Brooke Cox. “The team at Operation Blue Santa has already started to prepare to serve over 25,000 children this year, and they need Austin’s help to complete their mission. We encourage everyone to come enjoy the parade and bring a toy for someone who might not get one otherwise.” The demand is always greatest for kids on the ends of the service spectrum – infants to 2-year olds and 12 to 14-year olds.
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