Routes, start times for Fiesta’s Battle of Flowers and Flambeau parades

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Float cam during the Fiesta Flambeau Parade 2023. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – If you’re planning your Fiesta parade strategies this year, we can help.

We have the start times and routes for the 2024 Battle of Flowers and Flambeau Parades.

Battle of Flowers Parade

The Battle of Flowers parade will take place on Friday, April 26. The vanguard kicks off at 9:55 a.m. with the parade following at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Viva Amor 2024.”

The Battle of Flowers parade is the second oldest parade and the only parade in the United States produced entirely by women, and all of them are volunteers.

San Antonio Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper was selected as the grand marshal for the 133rd Battle of Flowers Parade.

This year’s 2.6-mile route will follow the same path as last year. The parade steps off on North Main Street near San Antonio College. It will travel on Lexington Avenue, North St Mary’s Street, Brooklyn Avenue, Avenue E, Houston Street, Alamo Plaza, Commerce Street and Santa Rosa where it will end near West Martin Street.

Stay tuned for information about how to attend the KSAT Insider parade event.

Related: Historical photos show Fiesta parade floats as far back as 117 years ago

Fiesta Flambeau Parade

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade is known as America’s largest illuminated night parade with more than 200 parade entries and a typical attendance of about 750,000 spectators. It’s also broadcasted and livestreamed (on KSAT!) to about 1.5 million more people.

This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, April 27. The vanguard kicks off at 7:15 p.m. and the main parade will follow at 7:45 p.m. The theme is “Lotsa Loteria.”

The University of Texas Longhorn Band will be the parade’s premier band and will be joined by floats, marching units, local bands, bands from other cities and states, dance groups, equestrian units and others.

It travels the same route as the Battle of Flowers Parade. Michael Quintanilla, a former writer for the San Antonio Express-News, is the grand marshal. Angie Salinas, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, is the honorary grand marshal.

Fiesta will offer seating in the following areas. Stay tuned for information about how to attend the KSAT Insider parade event.

  • Crockett Park, 1300 block of N. Main Ave
  • Madison Square Park, 400 Lexington Ave
  • Brooklyn Av, 500 block of Brooklyn Ave
  • Avenue E, 100 block of Avenue E
  • Houston St, 600 E. Houston St
  • Cenotaph, 300 S. Alamo St
  • Alamo Plaza, 300 S. Alamo St
  • Alamo Plaza South, 200 Alamo St

The events are so fun to experience in person, but we know that everyone can’t attend them all.

You can still enjoy the sights and sounds of some of the most popular Fiesta events with KSAT.

KSAT will offer live coverage for Fiesta 2024′s biggest events.

Here’s when you can watch them on KSAT 12, KSAT Plus (our free streaming app), YouTube and KSAT.com:

Get more information about how to stream KSAT 12 for free here.

This is just a partial list. As Fiesta gets closer, we will update our plans which may include covering even more events live.

Stay tuned!


About the Author

Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 25 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.

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