Parade of Lanterns

San Antonio’s world famous River Walk has been transformed into a unique light show thanks to the Parade of Lanterns on display this month. There’s only one week left to catch this breathtaking show of artistry and illumination, so plan your visit now.

The Parade of Lanterns is a feast for the senses that transforms our own San Antonio River into a little slice of Asia. Lantern festivals and parades are common throughout Asia as part of various Lunar New Year celebrations which recently took place. The Parade of Lanterns welcomes floats of all shapes and sizes designed to resemble great glowing dragons, adorable pandas, pinatas, and other whimsical and awe-inspiring designs.

Some of the standout lantern floats include:

  • Dragon Float, sponsored by Sinclair Broadcasting
  • Panda/Fans/Umbrellas Float sponsored by San Japan
  • Pinata Float sponsored by UTSA Confucious Institute
  • Texas Float sponsored by San Antonio River Walk Association
  • Butterfly & Mushroom Float  sponsored San Antonio River Walk Association
  • Hot Red Chili Pepper Float sponsored by The Original Mexican Restaurant
  • Mexican Kites sponsored by 120 Ninth Street Apartments
  • Bonsai Floats sponsored by Asian American Alliance of San Antonio.
  • Downtown at Night Float sponsored by Hyatt Regency San Antonio
  • IKEA Float sponsored by IKEA in Live Oak Texas

Each night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, a parade of this multicolored, bright displays floats serenely down the river and transforms the River Walk into something truly magical. A map of each night’s parade route can be found here at the River Walk’s website. The Parade of Lanterns ends February 23, which means you only have around one week left to see this one-of-a-kind light show.

There are plenty of restaurants and bars from which to watch the parade, which takes about two hours. Just note that weather can sometimes affect the parade, so check the parade’s Facebook page before heading out.