Mark your calendars for one of our favorite November traditions in Austin! The 30th Annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade takes place on Saturday, Nov. 24. At this awesome event that promotes the spirit of giving, your kids can bring a gift to local children in need — in support of Operation Blue Santa. This exciting parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Texas State Capitol and travel down Congress Ave., delighting folks of all ages with GIANT character balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, dancers, choirs, costumed Star Wars characters, superheros & princesses, 30 Elvis impersonators, and this year’s special guests — The Harlem Globetrotters!

It wouldn’t be a Chuy’s event without Elvis. Photo from the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade Facebook page.

The Chuy’s Parade provides such a wonderful opportunity for our own children to give back to the community and help other kids who could use their support around the holidays. Coming out to watch the parade is totally free, but each child is asked to bring an unwrapped, new toy to donate to the Operation Blue Santa Program, a non-profit organized by the Austin Police Department that provides families in need with a full holiday meal and Christmas gifts. At a designated time during the Parade Procession, all units will stop to collect the toys. All toys will later be distributed by Operation Blue Santa.

Kids experience the joy of giving by bringing an unwrapped toy to donate. Photo from the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade Facebook page.

Operation Blue Santa helps deliver toys, cards, and holiday meals to those in need. Photo from the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade Facebook page.

The Parade begins at 11 a.m. and is approximately one hour long. It starts at the State Capitol at 11th and Congress, and moves south on Congress all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge. Click here for a parade map.

See plenty of characters walk down South Congress, including Austin’s The 501st Legion. Photo from the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade Facebook page.

For more info, you can visit the Chuy’s Parade website and Facebook page. You can also visit Operation Blue Santa’s website for more info on ways to lend a hand this holiday season.We can’t wait! See you there!

*Cover photo by Kim Maguire Photography.