Government Abbott invites veterans to Texas Capitol, condemns Austin’s ‘transcending’ COVID-19 rules that led to canceled parade – Community News
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Government Abbott invites veterans to Texas Capitol, condemns Austin’s ‘transcending’ COVID-19 rules that led to canceled parade

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott invites veterans in Austin to celebrate Veterans Day on the south steps of the Texas Capitol building in lieu of a canceled parade.

Abbott said the Austin Veterans Parade Foundation may hold a rally on the south steps of the building as an alternative to the parade, which was canceled due to what Abbott called “the City of Austin’s exceeding COVID-19 requirements.”

The parade typically draws tens of thousands of people, and event organizers said that while they were expecting 30,000 people this year, they “were unable to verify that all participants and spectators had a current negative COVID test or were vaccinated,” as required by current city regulations. .

We’ve reached out to the city to provide more details about the parade’s special event application, and as soon as we hear back, we’ll update this story with that information.

Event organizers hope to host the parade in 2022, but Abbott said his invitation is because the regulations “place an unnecessary burden on major events like the 2021 Veterans Day parade.”

On the event’s website, organizers said they will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Veterans Pocket Park, located at 2200 Veterans Drive near Deep Eddy Pool and the Charles Johnson Houe, operated by American Legion Travis. mail no. 76.

The town of Kyle still plans to hold the Veterans Day parade at noon on Saturday.

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