Can you believe it’s almost time for Thanksgiving?! Gather your friends and family for the 30th Annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade, happening on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 11 am to noon.
In addition to the giant inflatable balloons, festive floats, children’s favorite characters in costume, superheroes, marching bands and more, spectators can look forward to special guests, including the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Santa and Mrs. Claus and 30 Elvis impersonators honoring the parade’s 30 years. Most important of all, in recognition of the parade’s anniversary, Chuy’s is inviting the greater Austin community to help them reach their goal of collecting more than 30,000 toys,encouraging all that are able to bring multiple toys to donate.
For those who have never been, towards the end of the parade, trucks stop along the parade route and kids run up to put the new, unwrapped toys into the bed of the trucks. This is an excellent opportunity to kick off a season of giving in your family while teaching kids the value and importance of taking care of those who are less fortunate.
What: Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 11 am; parade route will take longer to get to the end of Congress Avenue, depending on where you are situated. We typically arrive an hour early to get a good spot, some coffee and maybe a treat, too, from a local coffee shop.
Parade Route: Congress Avenue from the Texas State Capitol to Cesar Chavez
Cost: In the tradition of the 30-year-old parade, it will be FREE and open to the public—and will celebrate the joy of giving by inviting spectators to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate during the procession to support Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa.
More Information: www.chuysparade.com
For Austinites who cannot make it to the parade yet wish to help Chuy’s reach its goal in support of Operation Blue Santa, toy donations can be made at Chuy’s locations in Austin starting Monday, Nov. 5. All toys collected at local Chuy’s restaurants and during the parade will be delivered by Operation Blue Santa volunteers on December 15, with hopes of brightening the holiday season for as many as 5,000 local families.