Ford Parade of Lanterns

LOCATION: San Antonio River Walk, downtown area
ADDRESS: 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

February 13, 2021 – February 27, 2021 
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Paper lantern dragon float

Two Parade Maps:  Monday through Thursday route and Friday through Sunday route. (see both in photo gallery)

Each year in honor of the Asian New Year, the San Antonio River Walk is home to the Ford Parade of Lanterns where 26-ft-long boats filled with enormous illuminated lanterns floating throughout the downtown section of the River Walk. The pageantry is free to enjoy and held nightly from 6-9 PM, weather permitting.

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. Due to heavy boat traffic on the weekends, the floats don’t go in the Shops at Rivercenter or into the Convention Center lagoons.

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.

FLOAT TRACKER – this tracks the first float in the parade

The tracker is active during parade times only; if the float location is not slowly moving between 6-9 pm, please refresh the page.