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Typically 6th Street and the State Capitol are places for partying and politicking, but Friday a lot of praying took place at both locations.

With one brush stroke at a time, Joe Leyba and his art team are doing their part to bring holiday cheer on 6th Street.

"I think it does people see it and get into the spirit I think they do," Leyba.

While his message is in paint, other's Friday morning were more vocal. Nearly 2,000 teenagers and youth leaders marched down the street, singing, chanting and praying.

Saul Olmos traveled from San Antonio to join the march.

"We are not ashamed of the word of God, Amen," said Olmos.

The march was organized by the youth ministries of the Assemblies of God and a non-denominational group called God Belongs in My City.

The Austin march is the last of more than two dozen held across the country this year. Sixth Street with its bars and salty flavor was not chosen by mistake.

"It's a cultural street that has to do a lot with Austin but I also believe we can be known for a lot more than just a college town and place where people come to party," said Paulina Pizarro one of the Team Leaders.

The entertainment district was pretty empty at the time, still recovering from a football hang-over. With few people on the street, the march prompted only a few curious looks and no controversy.

"I think it's a great thing, I think it's great that people are coming out here to stand up for what they believe in," said Chris Carr as the group marched by him.

From 6th Street, the march turned north up Congress Ave, and then on to the State Capitol.

Many of those taking part in the event started arriving in Austin earlier this week. They gave up Thanksgiving with their immediate family to be here with this larger church family.

"The kids want to be here they want to seek more from God they want to know what he wants to do with their lives and so for them they give up their Thanksgiving holiday know that we are getting something so much better than that," said Pizarro.

At the Capitol, the group held a prayer rally. The words spoken on the south steps were not directed just to a god in heaven but also to those who reside under the dome.

"This is God's house God you reign here oh God," said one of the Youth leaders.

The power of these prayers may not cause an immediate change in heart in the halls of Capitol or in bars along 6th Street, but the hearts that offered those prayers will certainly return home energized.

The celebration continues with a Christian music concert at the Hilton. It's open to the public and the last concert starts at 11 p.m. Tickets cost $15.


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