Texas Cavaliers drop barges to prepare for annual parade

SAN ANTONIO – The countdown to Fiesta is on, and the Texas Cavaliers are getting ready for their annual parade.

The Cavaliers dropped in the barges for the parade Friday morning. Ninety-six thousand pounds were added to the San Antonio River.

A 25-ton crane helped lower 32 barges into the river, so they can be decorated for the Texas Cavaliers River Parade.

More than 50 volunteers were also on hand to help out.

“Cavalier barge-in day is a big day. It gets us excited for the River Parade,” said Barton Simpson, Texas Cavaliers River Parade marshal. “We start working on next year's River Parade immediately when this year's ends, so it's a yearlong process.”

Related: 2017 Fiesta Schedule of Events

The Texas Cavaliers were founded in 1926 and are dedicated to raising money to support San Antonio children’s charities. Since 1989, the Cavaliers have given $5 million in support of that cause.

The Texas Cavaliers River Parade will be held on Monday, April 24.


The events listed below can be viewed on KSAT12 and on KSAT.com.

Thursday, April 20 - 7:00pm: Fiesta Fiesta

Monday, April 24 - 7:00pm: Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Thursday, April 27 - 7:00pm: Battle of Flowers Band Festival (Livestream on KSAT.com)

Friday, April 28 - 12:30pm: Battle of Flowers Parade

Saturday, April 29 - 3:00pm:  Battle of Flowers Band Festival (KSAT12)

Saturday, April 29 - 7:00pm: Flambeau Night Parade


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