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Armed Forces River Parade

May 20, 2017 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Location: San Antonio River Walk & Arneson Theatre



This patriotic parade is dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Twenty-five star spangled floats carrying representatives of all 5 branches of military personnel with ranks ranging from Junior Enlisted to General. Patriotic music is played from the floats throughout the 2 1/2 mile downtown area of the River Walk. The Air Force Airhawk Band will perform on the Arneson River stage.

The theme for the 2017Armed Forces River Parade is ROCKN RED, WHITE & BLUE.  Each float will feature a patriotic song ranging from Yankee Doodle Dandy to the theme from the movie Top Gun.

This is one of the largest Parades held on the River Walk. It is televised live in San Antonio on KMYS CW 35 and then replayed on WOAI and KABB around the 4th of July. It is syndicated in over 90 markets throughout the United Sates including the Pentagon Channel.

Please make a reservation at a River Walk restaurant or bar with a patio for prime viewing of the parade.  Enjoy a meal or cocktail during the event.  You are also welcome to bring folding chairs and sit along the parade route. Please do not block pedestrian traffic   A map of the parade route is posted. Come out early to secure a good spot.  The parade is approximately 1-hour in length from when you see the first float. the parade is FREE and don't forget to pick-up a FREE copy of the official souvenir program for the parade.

VIA bus service is providing a free shuttle service from Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston to the USO Downtown Center on the River Walk.  See the schedule below.  This shuttle is for service personnel and their families only.

Armed Forces River Parade