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Parade of Lanterns

Parade of LanternsTen 26-ft. long boats carrying enormous illuminated lanterns will float throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. Enjoy the family-friendly spectacular lantern show for free!25jan6:00 pm9:00 pm 6 Add to DreamList

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For two weeks, January 25-February 8, 2020  ten river floats carrying magically-illuminated enormous lanterns such as a dragon, adorable pandas, pinatas, and other objects will appear from 6:00-9:00 PM each night. The last night to take in the beauty is February 8th. Enjoy the magically illuminated floats from anywhere along the downtown portion of the River Walk. Asian-inspired music will softly play from each float.

A map is posted in the photo gallery. The black arrow shows the starting point and the red arrows show the path of the floats.  The ten floats will make three 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 (reference the map for restaurants on the parade route).  Please notify the restaurant of your preference to sit close to the river for optimum viewing.

Please note: High wind conditions can prevent the floats from running on any given night. We will post notices on social media and on this event page in the event floats will not run. We try to determine this as early as possible but sometimes weather conditions change abruptly. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Some wind conditions do not prevent the entire event from occurring but can prevent floats from safely navigating through the Convention Center and the Shops at Rivercenter lagoons.  Boat drivers are empowered to make these decisions while on the water.  We cannot predict or provide notification for these route changes.

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January 25, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


San Antonio River Walk

849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

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