The San Marcos Arts Council’s (SMAC) 1st Annual Chicken Parade has strengthened connections between local businesses, artists, residents, and chicken sculptures in San Marcos. Artists decorated the twenty-eight chickens for display in businesses around the city. Residents were able to download maps for a scavenger hunt to take photos with all the chickens. The community showed great enthusiasm for the parade. “Many companies built themed displays around their chicken and got really into it,” said SMAC Chairman Craig Garcia. He continued, “One mom drove her little girl around for four hours trying to see all the chickens. For myself, my son and I went to all twenty-eight chickens and completed the scavenger hunt.” The chickens went up for auction at the San Marcos Horse Heritage event, and the auction closes Oct. 23 at the San Marcos Chamber’s monthly mixer. For more information visit