Fiesta Flambeau announces Chubby Checker as 2019 grand marshal

Parade hailed as America's largest illuminated night parade

SAN ANTONIO – The Fiesta Flambeau Parade Association on Monday announced that Chubby Checker will be the grand marshal for the 2019 Fiesta Flambeau Parade.

The announcement took place at at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk on East Houston Street. The theme for this year's parade is "Reflections of Music Past."

Checker is a widely known singer and dancer who popularized many dance styles, including the famous "twist" dance style.

The parade will feature local, out of town and out of state bands along with dance groups, marching units, equestrian units and floats.

The parade is hailed as the largest illuminated night parade in the nation, and is viewed by approximately 700,000 people on the streets of downtown San Antonio and another 1.5 million on TV.

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade Association previously announced the winner of its annual poster selection contest. Marcelino Villanueva was crowned as this year's winner, selecting his painting of a marching band and moon. 

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