AUSTIN, TX — An upcoming holiday parade will prompt several street closures this coming weekend, police advised.
The annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade is scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 18, as part of an annual toy drive benefiting Austin Police Operation Blue Santa. The parade will result in street closures beginning as early as 6 a.m. until reopening of the roads at 2 p.m., police said.
The parade itself is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.
Complete road closures starting at 6 a.m. include San Jacinto Boulevard from East 11th-15th Streets. The Ann Richards/Congress Ave. Bridge will close at 8 a.m. All other street closures begin at 9 a.m. and include Congress Avenue beginning at the Capitol, following the parade route down Congress all the way to the bridge.
Crosstown traffic will be allowed on 5th and 6th Streets until 9 a.m. and on Cesar Chavez St. until 10 a.m. Towing will be strictly enforced on Congress Ave. from Cesar Chavez to 11th St. All meters will be bagged and signs posted. For more information, click here.
Police urge driver to exercise extra caution in the downtown area during the festivities due to higher-than-normal pedestrian traffic and the number of small children attending the parade.
The Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade is an annual toy drive benefiting Austin Police Operation Blue Santa. It’s an interactive affair, with those lining the streets to watch the parade encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to children from ages infant to 14 years old. The unwrapped toys may be placed on parade entries at a designated time during the parade (while the units are stopped). In addition, the parade will feature giant, inflatable balloons, live music, children’s entertainers, marching bands, holiday floats, classic cars and Santa Claus.
Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a charitable outreach effort created in 1972 by two APD patrol officers who realized that some families in their area would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas. The distribution began with 20 families from the back of a patrol car. Today, Austin Police Operation Blue Santa serves more than 6,000 households with 15,000 children receiving gifts during the holiday season. For more information about Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, visit www.bluesanta.org.
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