WATCH: Fiesta Flambeau Parade

Illuminated parade returns after 2-year hiatus

After a two-year hiatus, what’s considered to be the largest illuminated night parade in the country is back in downtown San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO – Show me your shoes!

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade returned to the streets of downtown San Antonio on Saturday April 9, 2002, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

According to the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, the famous night parade over 750,000 street spectators and a TV audience of 1.5 million.

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade festivities begin with a pre-party!

The parade’s theme this year was “Celebrating Literary Classics.”

The premiere entry to the 74th annual parade was The University of Texas Longhorn Band, followed by spectacular themed floats, marching units, local, out of town and out-of-state bands, dance groups, equestrian units and many other attractions that create a memorable night of illuminated entertainment.

One change to the parade this year was the route. Due to construction on Broadway, the 2.5-mile parade started on Main Street near San Antonio College, and traveled south on Main to Lexington, then to St. Mary’s Street, Brooklyn Avenue, Avenue E, Houston Street, Alamo Plaza and finally ending on Commerce Street.

Related: 2022 Fiesta user guide and schedule of events

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.