The annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade is always the official start to our family’s holiday festivities! The 2018 parade will take place on Saturday, November 24, from 11 am- noon. Kids and adults are equally excited to see the giant inflatable balloons, festive floats, children’s favorite characters in costume, superheroes, marching bands and more, but it also teaches children the importance of giving back to the community by encouraging attendees to bring a new, unwrapped toy for another child who is less fortunate during the holiday season.
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.
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. The parade lasts for approximately one hour.
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, November 5, 2018. 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.