(Laura Figi/Austonia)

With the announcement of Joe Biden securing the presidency on Saturday, Austinites on both sides of the political spectrum gathered by the hundreds at the Texas Capitol to celebrate the president-elect and rally for President Donald Trump.


Starting around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, people gathered on 11th Street and Congress Avenue, congregating by their favored party. The street separated the two groups as vehicles honking passed through the streets decked out in flags reading "Biden Harris 2020" or "Keep America Great."

With police guarding each side of the street, there was chanting, dancing, yelling, sign-waving and commotion into the evening.

(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Austinites took to Congress in celebration of the newly-elected president, donning signs in support of their cause and beliefs.

(Emma Freer/Austonia)

Biden supporters took a corner, whereas Trump supporters gathered in front of the Capitol building and across the street.

(Joe Lanane/Austonia)

The Trump side brought their signs as well, along with flags, megaphones and merchants selling garb for those who forgot theirs at home.

(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Police officers surrounded the area, guarding each side of the street. Though thousands of people showed up to the demonstration, only one was arrested: Darius Berkley. Berkley was arrested for pulling a knife on another protester after telling several attendees to leave.

The challenge for all of us this Thanksgiving is letting go of what we've lost in this tough year and treasure what we still have.

We at Austonia are thankful for you. Since we launched our site in April, we've done our best to connect you to Austin, with stories ranging from the important to the delightfully superficial. Your response has been strong and we are grateful.

At this time of thanks, we have a variety of stories for you. Laura Figi writes about "a greener holiday," food trends, and Friday shopping. Emma Freer writes about a nearby annual Native American heritage celebration. And Roberto Ontiveros brings us a thoughtful piece that looks at the human toll of Austin's gentrification—the often painful flip side to having shiny new bars, restaurants, and apartments—in this case it's displacement of the Black community on East 11th Street. Finally, we ask you how you're celebrating the holiday this year.

Our best to you and your loved ones!

—The Austonia Team

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