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The Ortiz family traveled from McAllen for a viewing at the WesMer Drive-In Theatre in Mercedes in the Rio Grande Valley. The region was hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus in Texas

Together again: Texans venture out to make up for lost time

With Texans finally stepping out in public again, we asked photographers across the state to give us a look at people enjoying themselves after the long shutdown.

The Saddle Sores at the White Horse on June 9, 2021.
The Saddle Sores at the White Horse on June 9, 2021.
From left: Justin McGrath, 21, and Jonah Brenner, 22, boulder at Crux Climbing Center in South Austin on June 14, 2021.
Dennise Hernandez looking at lizards being sold by Gerardo Vela at the Val Verde Flea Market. Donna, TX. June 13, 2021. Dennise uses she/her pronouns.
Rene Gonzales dances with his partner at the Mercedes Flea Market on June 13, 2021.
Dennise Hernandez looking at birds and lizards being sold by Gerardo Vela at the Val Verde Flea Market in Donna on June 13, 2021. Dennise uses she/her pronouns.
Bike enthusiasts gathered at the Circuit Of The Americas for The Republic of Texas’s 25th annual motorcycle rally on June 11, 2021.
Mexico’s Motorcycle Acrobats perform a routine at the Republic of Texas’s 25th annual motorcycle rally, held at the Circuit Of The Americas on June 11, 2021.
Carolina Rascon, Sarahi Diaz, and Suzanne Oviedo gather on the Discovery Green social distancing circles in Downtown Houston on June 13, 2021.
Drag queen Rhonda Jewels prepares to take the stage at Long Play Lounge in East Austin on June 12, 2021.
Drag queen Scarlett Kiss performs at Long Play Lounge in East Austin on June 12, 2021.
Drag queen Casady Milan performs at Long Play Lounge in East Austin on June 12, 2021.
A group of cyclists rides down East Sixth Street near Comal Street in Austin on June 9, 2021.
Pussy Gillette performed at Hotel Vegas on June 9, 2021.
Two people dine at Ah Sing Den on East Sixth on June 9, 2021.
Zoey Morales, center, hugs her aunt Rachel Riveras as the family celebrated Zoey's one-year-old birthday with a family photoshoot, on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The Morales family plan to have a birthday this year for their one-year-old, but they will remain cautious despite the COVID-19 cases on the decline.
The Morales and Rivera family celebrated Zoey Morales' one-year-old birthday with a family photo shoot, at White Rock Lake in Dallas on June 13, 2021. As COVID-19 cases have diminished  throughout the state, Texans are becoming comfortable to live a normal life again.
Tirsa Morales, left, plays with her one-year-old daughter Zoey Morales, during a pause for a family photoshoot to celebrate Zoey's birthday, on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The Morales family plan to have a birthday this year for their one-year-old, but they will remain cautious despite the COVID-19 cases on the decline.
A group plays a Thai game of Takraw at White Rock Lake in Dallas on June 13, 2021. The group, who are all vaccinated, had no worries about playing their sport.
A group plays a Thai game of Takraw at White Rock Lake in Dallas on June 13, 2021. The group, who are all vaccinated, had no worries about playing their sport.
Kayak's, Paddle Boards, and other water craft gather at a shallow spot on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin on Friday, June 14, 2021.
A crowd at Barton Springs Pool in downtown Austin on Friday, June 11, 2021.
People at Barton Springs Pool watch a concert on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Swimmers in the San Marcos River on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
At left, Marta Linares and her family watch a movie at the WesMer Drive-In Theatre in Mercedes. They have been coming to the theatre once a month for the past 15 years.
Ciro Castorena's son looks towards the sunset before the Friday night movie at the WesMer Drive-In Theatre in Mercedes on June 11, 2021.
A man walks into the concessions stand at the WesMer Drive-In Theatre in Mercedes on June 11, 2021.
SLAB and low rider enthusiasts at Chicano Park in Austin.
SLAB and low rider enthusiasts at Chicano Park in Austin.
SLAB and low rider enthusiasts at Chicano Park in Austin.
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Helena Acosta and Josef Pierre engage in an activity as part of Violette Bule's public art installation 'Rethinking Your Neighborhood: A Collaborative Experience' in Houston, Texas on June 12, 2021.

Helena identifies as Latina and uses feminine pronouns. Josef identifies as Black and uses masculine pronouns.
Alejandrina Flores Reyna reads to her daughter Sira during the unveiling of Violette Bule's public art installation 'Rethinking Your Neighborhood: A Collaborative Experience' in Houston, Texas on June 12, 2021.
Daniel Adell cuts Troy Montes's hair as a performance component of Montes's work 'Thairapy' during the From Houston, With Love Art Exhibition preview in Downtown Houston on June 13, 2021. 

Troy Montes identifies as Latino and uses masculine pronouns. Daniel Adell identifies as white and uses masculine pronouns.
Families gather at Buffalo Bayou Park to listen to the Freedmen’s Town Mass Choir during the Juneteenth Worship Experience on June 12, 2021.
Parker Wilson, crowned Little Miss Juneteenth 2021 by the Mildred Johnson 12th Annual Miss Juneteenth Pageant, at the Juneteenth Worship Experience in Houston on June 12, 2021.
Brandi Holmes, Miss Juneteenth 2018, attends the Juneteenth Worship Experience in Houston on June 12, 2021.

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