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Parades are still the heart of Fiesta, and the Battle of Flowers Parade is one of the largest in the nation. Held on Friday afternoon, this extravaganza showcases the “royalty” of Fiesta, including young “duchesses” in beaded and bejeweled dresses with long trains spread out on floats.

As Fiesta grew, it added the Flambeau Parade, so named because it was held at night and illuminated by torch-bearing brigades marching between the floats and bands. It may be the largest—and is certainly the most spectacular—nightparade in the country.

When San Antonio celebrates, we include land, water and fun: Meet the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. Spectators lining the River Walk cheer as decorated barges become true floats twinkling with tiny lights as they carry festive bands, Fiesta’s royal court and other radiantly costumed participants along the San Antonio River. America’s armed forces play a part in most of Fiesta’s parades and events, which is no surprise considering the city’s military bases: Fort Sam Houston and Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases.

Other parades during our 11-day citywide extravaganza include, the JBSA-Lackland Fiesta Military Parade, the Fiesta Especial 5K & Parade, the pup-filled Fiesta Pooch Parade and the King William Fair Parade. Each of these showcase different communities and aspects of San Antonio's deep cultural and historical roots. 

The majority of Fiesta events include entertainment, games or activities for kids, but a big favorite with the younger set is always the Fiesta Carnival at the Alamodome. Rides and entertainment can easily fill the better part of a day here, and admission is free. Fiesta today includes so many events there’s truly something for everyone. 

Can't make it for Fiesta? San Antonio celebrates year-round. Click Here for more major events and festivals throughout the year in San Antonio!