Please also be sure to see our new Last Minute Details page for more info.
What to Wear
Austin weather in February is unpredictable so please be prepared. This means:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Layers that you can easily add or remove
- Light hat
- Please wear a school logo T-shirt, sweatshirt or hat if you have one!
What to Bring
- Posterboard sign promoting your town, school and/or school district name. The media will be out in force so do your school proud!
- Bottled water and snacks – especially important if you’re bringing kids! You may bring food and drink onto the Capitol grounds (no alcohol). If you pack it in, please pack it out. Trash cans & recycling will be located throughout the grounds. We will have bottled water available at the start of the march and at the rally.
- Cell phone to stay in communication with your group. Make sure it is fully charged! If you will have children with you, please make sure they know your phone number and/or write your number on their wrists in ink.
- Small hand-held umbrella for sun or rain. We suggest writing “Use the Rainy Day Fund!” on your umbrella for added impact.
Note about Pets: With the exception of service animals, we strongly discourage bringing any animals to the rally due to the anticipated large crowds. Please leave all pets at home.
Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
For people with limited mobility: Please visit the following site for information about accessibility at the Capitol grounds: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/plan/FloorPlan/Access.htm.
For the hearing impaired: A sign language interpreter will be on-stage during the rally. Seating will be provided near the front of the stage for those needing this service.
How to Get There
The Texas Capitol is located in downtown Austin at 11th & Congress. Due to anticipated heavy traffic, local residents are strongly encouraged to take public transit, bike, carpool, or have a friend drop your group off. No matter how you get there, please be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and walking!
BY CAR – WHERE TO PARK
From I-35, take the 15th Street exit (Exit 235A) and head west on 15th Street. Once you cross Red River Street, you will be in the area generally known as the Capitol Complex.
See this updated map for parking ideas
BIKE: Suggested routes for safe biking are available at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/publicworks/bicycle-resources.htm. For your destination, type in 1100 N. Congress Avenue, Austin TX
For information on bus routes to the Capitol, please use the Capitol Metro trip planner (for your destination, type in 11th & Congress): http://www.capmetro.org/index.asp
Be aware that buses run less frequently on Saturday and will likely be crowded so please allow plenty of time for your trip.
Where should buses park that are coming in from out-of-town?
Buses arriving before 10:45 should park on Trinity between 12th and 18th st. Buses arriving after 10:45 can drop of at the Capitol. Park first on San Jacinto between 12th and 18th. Parking is also available around perimeter of Capitol on south and west sides. See this updated map of the Capitol area, which shows these recommended parking locations.
Please be sure to see our new Last Minute Details page for more information.