What? Chuy’s Christmas parade is before Thanksgiving?

Yes, it’s true. The annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade is a weekend earlier. Instead of being the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it’s Nov. 18, the Saturday before.

Jasper Czysz, 4, holds onto his Hot Wheels toy he is ready to donate, but first watches the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade.
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We know you won’t want to miss the holiday tradition, so set your calendar now.

You know what this means. This means you’ll have to hit the stores before Black Friday to pick up a new toy to give to Operation Blue Santa during the parade. Remember to keep the present unwrapped to make it easier for volunteers to sort the present by age and gender.

The parade heads straight down Congress Avenue from 11th Street to Cesar Chavez Street beginning at 11 a.m. It lasts about an hour.

This year, you can reserve a parking spot through the parade website’s link to SpotHero, and some of the fees will go back to the parade. chuysparade.com