Texas Independence Day was March 2 which fell on a Wednesday
this year. Therefore, the parade was scheduled for the following
Saturday. Formerly known as the Texas Independence Day parade, the
new name is Celebrate Texas.
On hand were a gaggle of Lonestar MVPA members including Danny K and
his M151A2/M416, Scott S and his M38A1, Herb T and his GPW, Ronnie W and
his GPW, John K and his MB, Glen V and his CJ2A, Tim W and his slat-grill
MB and Rory C with his Unimog. In addition, Fred H was lurking
around (with doughnuts). Scott's dad, John also arrived to
participate as did Kaylee (John K's daughter) and Caitlin (Rory's
The group met at the TxDot parking lot about 7:30am or so with the
threat of rain and percentages ranging between 40% and 70%.
However, the mere threat didn't interfere with 8 vehicles showing up
including Herb (can't get my radios wet) T. Danny disappeared to
register us and secure our spot on the bridge, #14 right behind the Texas
Association of Vietnam Veterans.
We did the usual, stage, wait and restage routine with the anticipated
11:00am start time lurking. During the wait, former President Tim W
awarded Glen V the MVPA (Most Valuable Participant Award) for his
contributions to the club and our efforts for the year 2004. Scott
sold some 20mm and .50cal rounds, several t-shirts and received a small
donation to the club. The doughnuts were slowly disappearing, and at
11:04, the parade began with a huge bang from Old Smokey, the Texas
Cowboys (univ of texas) cannon. The trip up Congress Ave. was
uneventful and there was a good crowd for a Saturday morning and the
threat of rain.
We made the turn at the Capitol and headed South along a dedicated
"Parade Return Lane" which allowed us to skirt the lights all
the way back to TxDot. Danny, Glen, Ronnie and John trailered their
rigs and secured them while Scott and Herb split for SW Austin, Rory to
P-Ville and Tim to central Austin.
In the end, we had an excellent turn-out, dry but overcast weather and
one heck of a good time.