Parade of Lanterns
February 9, 2019 - February 23, 2019
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: San Antonio River Walk, downtown area
For two weeks, ten, 26-foot long floats carrying magically-illuminated enormous lanterns such as a dragon, adorable pandas, pinatas, and other objects will appear February 9-23, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM each night. The last night to take in the beauty is February 23rd. 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. Floats tend to spread out and become mixed in with Go Rio tour boats. Be patient, kick-back and relax. We encourage you to make a reservation at a restaurant if you wish to combine watching the floats with dinner or drinks. Please notify the restaurant of your preference to sit close to the river for optimum viewing at the time of making a reservation.
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 that 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.
Dragon Float, sponsored by Sinclair Broadcasting
Panda/Fans/Umbrellas Float sponsored by San Japan
Pinata Float sponsored by UTSA Confucious Institute
Texas Float sponsor TBA
Butterfly & Mushroom Float (NEW) sponsor TBA
Hot Red Chili Pepper Float (NEW) sponsored by The Original Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Kites (NEW) sponsored by120 Ninth Street Apartments
Bonsai Floats (NEW) sponsored by Asian-American Chinese Alliance
Downtown at Night Float (NEW) sponsored by Hyatt Regency San Antonio
Mystery Float (NEW) sponsored by IKEA
Four NEW floats will be added in 2019