River parade to celebrate Spurs championship scheduled for Wednesday

River parade begins at 6 p.m., Alamodome ceremony at 9 p.m.


SAN ANTONIO – Get ready to line the River Walk on Wednesday to celebrate the fifth NBA Championship by the San Antonio Spurs.

A river parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Arneson River Theater, snakes through the River Center extension past the Convention Center and Rivercenter Mall, and ends at the Convent Street Bridge.

Barges will carry Spurs players and coaches, Spurs officials, former Spurs players, city and county officials, live musical entertainers and others down the San Antonio River.

Other parade details include:

  • Fans will not be allowed to claim a spot on the River Walk to view the parade until 4 p.m. the day of the parade.
  • Only those individuals with credentials will be allowed to view the parade from Arneson River Theater.
  • Due to security precautions, no ice chests, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, chairs, shopping bags, packages, Silly String or similar items will be allowed on the River Walk.

Following the parade, the celebration will move to the Alamodome for a special ceremony at 9 p.m. Spurs players, coaches and local officials will address fans at the Alamodome and show off the latest championship trophy. Doors for the Alamodome celebration will open at 4:30 p.m.

No tickets will be needed to enter the Alamodome.

Fans who arrive early at the Alamodome will be able to watch the victory parade broadcast live on an LED video wall as well as highlights of the Spurs 2014 NBA championship run.

"The city is proud of our Spurs," said Mayor Julian Castro. "This fifth championship cements the Spurs' legacy as one of the greatest sports franchises in history."

VIA Park & Ride service will be available from the AT&T Center in parking lots 6 and 7, accessible via Gate F off of AT&T Center Parkway.

Shuttles will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will drop off fans at Alamo and Market streets for the 6 p.m. river parade or at the Alamodome for the 9 p.m. ceremony.

VIA Park & Ride return service will be provided from the river parade at Alamo and Market streets to the AT&T Center location until 8 p.m., and return service will be provided from the Alamodome until one hour after the conclusion of the ceremony.

VIA charges $5 for each round trip passenger. A discount fare of $2.50 is available for children ages 5-11, senior citizens 62 years or older with a photo ID, Medicare recipients, persons with disabilities, and students with a valid VIA ID.

VIATrans patrons and Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) are free.

Payment for fares will be accepted in cash only, so passengers are reminded to have exact change.

The city's downtown parking garages, surface lots or parking meters are also available.

More than 4,000 parking spaces are available near the River Walk and the Alamodome.

Parking fees range from $5 to $10 depending on location.

The parking garages include, Marina - Market and Bowie, Houston Street - College and Navarro and St. Mary's Street - St. Mary's and Travis.

The surface lots include, Durango Lot, Houston/Nolan Lot and Market Square.