Ford Parade of Lanterns
An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until August 29, 2021
Parade of Floats will only run Friday through Sunday evening.
Each year the San Antonio River Walk is home to the Ford Parade of Lanterns where beautiful 26-ft-long boats are filled with large illuminated lanterns floating throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. The pageantry is free to enjoy and held on the weekends nightly from 9-10 PM, weather permitting.
The the starting point is at the International center (203 S. St. Mary’s Street) and the arrows show the path of the floats. The 8 floats will make two laps throughout the downtown area and stay grouped together (a Go Rio tour boat may get mixed in). We encourage you to enjoy the parade from a restaurant patio, you may wish to combine watching the floats with dinner or drinks. Please notify the restaurant of your preference to sit close to the river for optimum viewing. This year the parade will only occur on the weekends (Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings), the floats don’t go in the Shops at Rivercenter or into the Convention Center lagoons on the weekends due to heavy weekend boat traffic.
Please note: High wind conditions can prevent the floats from running on any given night. Some wind conditions do not prevent the entire event from occurring but can prevent floats from safely navigating through the River Walk Extension. Boat drivers are empowered to make these decisions while on the water.Check The San Antonio River Walk social channels for latest information.