2nd of March is Texas Independence Day, which recognises that Texas fought and won independence from Mexico ten years before joining the United States. We decided to go downtown to check out what's doing. A surprisingly cold and windy morning, which we had not expected, although sunny.
There is a metro station, Highland, not too far from our motel so we ventured towards it, but once there, the signage advised us that the train does not run on Saturdays before 4pm (and not at all on Sundays). Never seen anything like that before. Only one track for both directions and 9 stations in total. We gave up on rail.
We eventually found bus number 7 which would take us downtown, although a slightly altered route due to Independence Day parade. We got off close enough to where we wanted to be and found the procession on Congress Ave towards the Texas Capitol building (we should have figured that out ourselves).
Here is looking south down Congress Ave.
The gardens surrounding the State Capitol are lovely and contain a lot of historic markers and statues. This one was very clear about how Texas felt about the American civil war. We are learning so much just by studying these memorials.
Looking into the bar area below.
Hans could not resist this big guy...