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Dads and kids bond with 'Parade & Fiesta' in Southeast Austin

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Not every neighborhood gets their own parade.

But kids in the Dove Springs area got that treat Saturday morning to kick off the River City Youth Foundation's 14th Annual Father's Parade and Fiesta.

The Foundation's Mona Gonzales says the fun didn't stop there.

"Field games, competitive games, relay races, we've had a scavenger hunt.  So it's really getting the kids and the dads together and teaching dads how to bond with their kids," she said.

Gonzales says the bonding is the important part.

"The research shows that positive and involved dads really can turn kids around.  Those kids can actually achieve better grades at school, they can have more successful futures," Gonzales said.

Alphonso Rincon is president of Fathers Active in Communities and Education (FACE).  He helped with some interesting ways to get dads and their kids to think and work together...like putting 12 nails on top of one nail sticking out of a piece of wood...seems impossible right?  Well Rincon can do it.

"They have to work together and explore and brainstorm and then they have to communicate.  And so we have these very important skills between dads and their students and yet they're still doing something very tangible that keeps them connected and engaged," he said.

Frankie Hovey and his two girls Jayonna and Jazzielle really had a good time and got what it was all about.

"Bonding with your kids is what establishes values and trust within each other.  I mean I'd rather have them trusting me than a video game or a computer system at home," Hovey said.

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