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Published on April 22, 2024
Source: Fiesta San Antonio

The banks of the San Antonio River will come alive tonight as the city celebrates the 79th annual Texas Cavaliers River Parade. The cherished tradition, a fixture of the Fiesta festivities, will see an ensemble of elaborately decorated floats themed "Viva America – Great American Landmarks." According to KENS 5, the parade is not just a sight for the eyes but also serves a charitable cause, with proceeds aiding over 100 children's charities.

Every year, the parade draws massive crowds, and this edition is expected to be no exception. The Texas Cavaliers estimate that some 250,000 revelers will throng the river banks, with an additional 300,000 individuals catching the action from the comfort of their homes. The river extravaganza will initiate a rolling start at 7 p.m. from the northern reaches of the San Antonio River, near Navarro Street, dazzling spectators along the pathways and those perched in the Arneson River Theater, as reported by KSAT.

Those unable to secure a spot along the water won't miss out. Coverage of the event can be viewed through various media, including KSAT 12, the free streaming app KSAT Plus, YouTube, and online at, offering a virtual front-row seat to the procession and the surrounding festivities. KSAT's coverage is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Texas Cavaliers Military Pre-Party, culminating in the SA Live River Parade Afterparty, wrapping up at 10:00 p.m.

Beyond the parade, KSAT has a full roster of Fiesta events planned for coverage, including the Battle of Flowers Parade and Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade. The Texas Cavaliers, composed of roughly 500 business and community leaders, have made the parade a staple of San Antonio's cultural calendar since its inception. The grand marshal of this year's fluvial fest is Del Rio-based musician William Beckmann, adding a local touch to the event. KSAT will regularly update the full schedule of Fiesta happenings as the city's most colorful week progresses, the organization informed KSAT.

For those looking to join the merriments in person, there's still a chance to nab tickets online. With so much more than just a parade, it's a blend of spectacular sights, philanthropy, and celebration of the American legacy, all wrapped up in one unforgettable evening on the river. As the glittering floats embody the "land of the free and home of the brave" in their grandeur and design, the Texas Cavaliers River Parade promises once again to be a highlight of San Antonio's annual Fiesta.