day of dead river parade san antonio

Credit: Visit San Antonio/Day of the Dead SA

Coronavirus may have canceled the majority of our plans in 2020, but one thing that it hasn’t canceled is San Antonio’s Day of the Dead River Parade. Many assumed and waited for the news that this annual spooky tradition would be either converted into a small semblance of what the festival usually boasts, or be canceled altogether. However, much to the surprise and delight of many interested citizens, the Day of the Dead River Parade is happening in hopes of defending and continuing its legacy of Halloween-themed fun.

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Day of the Dead San Antonio came forward with a plan they have been working on for many months. The plan was kept secret and boasts an idea to broadcast the Day of the Dead River Parade via KSAT 12 on Friday, October 30th. The parade is scheduled to commence in full swing and will be recorded once the sun goes down. Those responsible for the creative collaboration are none other than the city of San Antonio and popular Chef Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria.

Hernandez explains that, “Día de Los Muertos has become such a special cultural celebration for San Antonio, and I wanted to be certain that our Day of the Dead traditions continued through the pandemic and not suffer the same fate of many our events that have been canceled due to COVID.”

The parade will be made up of 20 brightly lit floats that come from local companies and organizations across the city such as the Mexican Consulate, H-E-B, Los Otros Murals, and the San Antonio Spurs and is promised to be just as fun as if the parade were going on in a COVID-less world. The parade will be available for viewing on KSAT 12 and will also be on multiple streaming platforms like the station’s website and KSAT-TV App at 8 p.m. Friday, October 30. The parade will also be broadcasted on TV Azteca Mexico and Latin America at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 31. Other broadcasting times in alternate cities can be found by checking the local listings.

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