The Austin Business Journal’s 2014 list of festivals and events ranks official attendance for Austin’s largest annual gatherings. We refined attendance figures to focus on the main event and official activities surrounding it. For example, we did not include the estimated 200,000 spectators at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally Parade along Congress Ave. or the multitude of onlookers catching a glimpse of bands performing on Sixth St. during SXSW or the free Fan Fest party held downtown in conjunction with Formula 1 races. In addition, ABJ has learned that the Zilker Kite Festival is currently in transition. The Exchange Club of Austin, who has facilitated the festival for the past 85 years, and ABC Home and Commercial Services have formed a joint committee to explore options for enhancing the event. Organizers are considering applying for 501c3 status for the festival in the future. Also in the works, the motorcycle parade route held on Congress Ave. during the ROT Biker Rally may change. Instead of the Congress Ave. loop, the parade may continue down Congress to conclude in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot.
Courtesy of: Patricia Rogers at Austin Business Journal