Five things to know as Texas celebrates its 182nd anniversary

March 01, 2018
  • By Connor Brown
  • American-Statesman Staff
The Texas flag moves up Congress Avenue toward the Capitol carried by UT’s Alpha Phi Omega during last year’s Texas Independence Day Parade. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Friday marks the 182nd anniversary of when Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836. Here are five things to know about the festivities:

1. Time to march: Celebrate Texas is hosting several events this weekend, including its annual Texas Independence Day parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Drive and Congress Avenue. Check out other events at celebratetexas.org.

2. You’re always among friends here. In fact, the state’s name comes from tayshas , a word used by Indians of East Texas to greet others as friends. Spanish missionaries later adopted the term to refer to allied tribes. Only later was it used to describe the land where those tribes lived.

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3. Tejanos of the Texas Revolution. Feeling neglected by Mexico, many Mexican settlers in Texas, known as Tejanos, bravely fought alongside American rebels in the fight for Texas independence. Three Tejanos even signed Texas’ Declaration of Independence.

4. List of “honorary Texans” might surprise you. The Texas Senate named Chuck Norris an honorary Texan in 2017, a title fit for the former star of “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Other notable honorary Texans include Phil Collins, Bob Dylan and Russell Crowe, to name a few.

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5. Texas Exes celebrate. Texas Exes is hosting its annual Texas Independence Day Celebration with tacos, beer and live music from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Brass Tap Domain. Tickets range from $5 to $25 and can be purchased at atxgiv.org/exes/tid.