Deutschen Pfest update: Parade and kids' area canceled, but Pflugerville event still on

As part of precautions decided upon by city officials, the Deutschen Pfest parade is one element of the 2021 event that will be canceled. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
As part of precautions decided upon by city officials, the Deutschen Pfest parade is one element of the 2021 event that will be canceled. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

As part of precautions decided upon by city officials, the Deutschen Pfest parade is one element of the 2021 event that will be canceled. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Officials in Pflugerville have expressed concerns about resuming one of the city's signature events for 2021, but they have decided to proceed with extra precautions put in place.

Held annually, Deutschen Pfest is a seminal event in Pflugerville that typically features children's games, shopping, a parade, live music and a 5K fun run to close out the event.

This year, the event will be scaled down for safety.

Discussion of protocol for Pflugerville's 2021 Deutschen Pfest came during City Council's Aug. 24 meeting, at which officials landed on monitoring progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and receiving weekly updates leading up to certain aspects of the annual event as well as canceling the festival's parade, kids' sections and kids' 5K event.

Despite the final decision to proceed, officials, committee members and staff voiced their concerns about the event, which is planned this year for Oct. 15-17 at Pfluger Park.


"If you're asking me how I feel, I feel like Deutschen Pfest is one of the gems of Pflugerville. I very much enjoy it, and I know a lot of people enjoy it," event Chair Raul Capetillo said. "But, I also feel like we're in a very precarious position right now, and I think it is going to get worse before it gets better. We're not in a good place at all."

The deadline to cancel the event is Sept. 1, after which the city would lose at least $15,000 should officials decide not to proceed, Capetillo said.

For more information on this year's Deutschen Pfest, click here.

Community Impact Newspaper will update this story as events warrant.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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