Crowds brave the cold for holiday tradition at Capitol

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on December 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 9:05 AM

AUSTIN -- The cold weather didn't stop people from celebrating in downtown Austin for the annual Holiday Sing-A-Long and Downtown Stroll.

Thousands came out to sing Christmas carols and watch the lighting of the tree at the Capitol Saturday night. Vendors also set up along Congress Avenue for people to shop and eat.

People came prepared for the night outside with fur, face masks, some even brought hand and feet warmers. The purpose of the event is to encourage people to come and see downtown and get in the holiday spirit. Organizers say it was much colder at this year's event; last year people wore T-shirts.

"Obviously it's cold for Austin, but we think we're going to have a really good crowd. It really feels like Christmas, feels like winter's coming. So it is a little colder, but it's not too bad if you bundle up," said Downtown Alliance Board Chair Larry Graham.

Organizers set up heaters along Congress Avenue provided blankets.

Go here for more information about the event.

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