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Texas Cavaliers River Parade - Fiesta San Antonio
The Texas Cavaliers River Parade features floats that actually float. They have to, because this parade is on water. The colorful floats meander down the San Antonio River, past hundreds of thousands of paradegoers lining the River Walk to take in the colorful sights and sounds.
2009 Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fiesta River Parade Route (on the San Antonio River, along the portion of the River Walk bordered by the Rivercenter Mall, La Villita, Presa Street, and Martin Street)
In brief: The annual parade on the water, started in 1948
Tickets: Tickets are not required, but if you want a good vantage point you'll probably need tickets. Find ticket info here.
More Info: Visit the Texas Cavaliers Website, or call the ticket hotline at (210) 22-RIVER.
Where is the best place to watch?
The Texas Cavaliers River Parade lights up the San Antonio River and attracts hundreds of thousands.
Arneson River Theater might be the best place to watch the action, but those tickets sell out months and months in advance. Tickets seats in the horseshoe bend of the San Antonio River at Rivercenter Mall are the most expensive tickets (in the $20s). The best seats, of course, require tickets — rows of chairs are arranged at the river shore and go back several rows.
Without tickets, you might be forced to watch from a more aerial perspective — namely, the street-level bridges or Rivercenter Mall. Or, if you're lucky enough to have one, from the balcony of your River Walk hotel. The majority of paradegoers watch from this perspective. The local television station KENS also televises the event, if you want to watch from the comfort of your hotel room.
Where can I get food?
In addition to the collection of restaurants along the River Walk, some vendors set up stands along various entry points to the River Walk. These include folks from St. Mary's Catholic Church, who set up food tables in their parking lot on St. Mary's north of Commerce.
Who are the Texas Cavaliers?
A self-proclaimed local civic and patriotic organization dedicated to celebrating "the glorious and glamorous history of Texas and the role that San Antonio played in it." The River Parade, one of the Texas Cavaliers' annual civic projects, started in 1948. For nearly sixty years, the Cavaliers have also declared a festival king, King Antonio, to preside over the festival. Along with El Rey Feo and Miss Fiesta San Antonio, the Cavaliers' crown-wearer is one of the most visible royals at Fiesta. (He's the one in the light blue outfit.)
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