Holiday Lights River Parade makes 30th annual trek

New LED lights light way

SAN ANTONIO - Thousands of people were on hand Friday night to see the floats make their way down the San Antonio River for the 30th annual Ford Holiday Lights River Parade.

This year's celebration marked a new beginning for an old tradition -- lights once again dangle from the trees that line the River Walk.

The city decided to give the old tradition a new start after last year when squirrels wreaked havoc on the lights wrapped around the trees.

Parade watchers say they would much rather see the colors of Christmas reflecting off the water than wrapped around tree trunks

They also say its better for the environment

There was some debate about bringing back the old tradition.

In all, the city spent more than $90,000 to purchase the more than 150,000 LED lights.

Some on the City Council argued that was too much to spend, but nearly everyone present on Friday night said they're happy to see things go back to the way they were.

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