Fiesta offers day, night, river and dog parades
Fiesta’s two big street parades take center stage for the annual party’s second weekend. From the pageantry of princesses in royal gowns to goofy dogs in silly hats, parade-watching opportunities abound. Here is a round-up.
While viewers can bring a lawn chair or scope out good standing vantage points for most parades, tickets guarantee a stellar view. In addition to the websites listed below, find parade ticket information at fiestasanantonio.org.
Texas Cavaliers River Parade
More than 250,000 spectators line the San Antonio River Walk each year for the floating extravaganza that is the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. More than 50 elaborately decorated floats sponsored by local community organizations and military installations will carry bands, dancers and local celebrities down the river from 7 to 9 p.m. April 22.
Put on by the Texas Cavaliers, a group of 600 business, civic and community leaders, the parade raises funds for San Antonio children’s charities. Admission costs $14-$45 at texascavaliers.org.
Battle of Flowers Parade
The second-largest day parade in the nation, Battle of Flowers began in 1891 and is produced by primarily female volunteers, helping nonprofit groups raise money through the sale of more than 45,000 parade seats. The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m April 26.
Expect to hear that timeless refrain, “Show me your shoes,” as royals don floats in elaborate attire and show off their flashy or comfy footwear along the route. Tickets can be purchased at etix.com.
King William Parade
Funkier and more homespun, the King William Parade, held in the historic King William neighborhood, starts at 9 a.m. April 27 and kicks off the King William Fair, a Fiesta favorite. The parade route, about 1 ½ miles long, starts at the corner of Eagleland and E. Guenther streets.
More than 30,000 visitors attend the day-long, family-oriented fair, replete with food, music and crafts for sale. Adult admission costs $15; ages 12 and younger, free. Go to kwfair.org.
Fiesta Pooch Parade
This parade of costumed canines takes place from 7:45 to 11 a.m. April 27, starting at Alamo Heights Swimming Pool, 250 Viesca. The costume contest starts at 8:15 a.m.; dogs and their humans must be registered for the parade to enter the contest. The 2.6-mile walk through the tree-lined neighborhood starts after the costume contest at around 9:15 a.m. The event is a fundraiser for Therapy Animals of San Antonio. Advance registration costs $25 for individuals and $30 for families. For more information, go to therapyanimalssa.org.
Fiesta Flambeau Parade
America’s largest illuminated night parade and the crowning event of Fiesta takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. April 27.
The parade features San Antonio, out-of-town and out-of-state bands, as well as dance groups, marching units, equestrian units and floats. Each year the parade is viewed by some 700,000 people on the streets of downtown and another 1.5 million on TV. For tickets go to fiestaflambeauparade.org.
Staff writer Polly Anna Rocha contributed to this report.
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