Royalty

Vintage Mud Queen trophy

It All Started In The Mud

Once upon a time, the crown jewel of San Antonio, known as the River Walk, had its’ magical water drained annually for one week. The citizens and visitors became sad their beautiful river contained only mud. To bring joy to the good people, the citizens pledged nickels to elect a Mud King and Queen who reigned over the week of mud. The money provided mirth and merriment along the River Walk once refilled. All rejoiced! Through the years, the river required less draining and the tradition of Mud King and Queen sadly ended in 1986.

2020 Royal Court

This court raised $50,000

Photo of 2020 Royal Court

About Royalty

Since 1987 River Walk Royalty began serving for a full calendar year. Throughout their reign, they serve as ambassadors for the San Antonio River Walk Association sharing in the mission to promote, protect, and preserve the San Antonio River Walk. Each year four King and four Queen candidates work to raise money for the many free River Walk events organized annually by the San Antonio River Walk Association. Nominees are announced in September and have seven months to fundraise for their “position” on the royal court. Titles are awarded based on the amount of most money raised for King and Queen, Prince and Princess, Duke and Duchess, Count and Countess. A Royal Coronation ceremony occurs at the Royal Masquerade Gala, kicking off the Mardi Gras Weekend celebration on the river. Royalty make appearances not only at River Walk events but at various occasions throughout the city. Royalty campaigning is a large fundraising activity for the association. Not only is being a River Walk royal a great honor, but it is also a responsibility. One must perfect the royal wave, ride in countless parades, and look great wearing a crown.

Meet 2021 Candidates

Click on their name to read bio’s and donate.

Want to Run for Royalty?

Thank you for being interested in becoming River Walk Royalty! We love our royals and they are an important part of our organization. This questionnaire is built for us to get to know you. Your answers will be reviewed by the Friends of the River Walk committee and SARWA staff.

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In 1987 River Walk Royalty began serving for a full calendar year, and in 2010 the court size expanded. Each year four male and female candidates raise money for the many free River Walk events organized annually by the San Antonio River Walk Association. Nominees are announced in the summer and given seven months to fundraise. Titles earned are based on the most money raised – King and Queen, Prince and Princess, Duke and Duchess, Count and Countess. A formal Royal Coronation ceremony occurs at the Royal Masquerade Gala, kicking off the Mardi Gras weekend of celebration on the river.

River Walk King cheering
Photo of 2017 Royal Ambassadors

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Ambassadors

Throughout their reign, they serve as ambassadors for the San Antonio River Walk Association sharing in the mission to promote, protect, and preserve the San Antonio River Walk. Royalty makes appearances at River Walk events and throughout the city. Royalty campaigns are one of the largest fundraising activities for the association. Not only is being a River Walk royal a great honor, but it is also a responsibility. One must perfect the royal wave, ride in countless parades, and look great wearing a crown. Royal life continues after their reign when they transcend to Royal Ambassadors and live happily ever after.