San Antonio has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the River Walk since 1968, and this year is no exception. Visitors and locals can enjoy a variety of events taking place Friday, March 17 from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 from noon to 9 p.m.
Like every year, the River Walk will be magically transformed into the River Shannon with eco-friendly green dye. This is a very popular time to visit the River Walk and watch the amazing transformation. A bagpiper plays on the barge as the river is transformed.
Free viewing is available along the entire 2 1/2 mile downtown portion of the River Walk. The color is instantly apparent and intensifies with water movement by the boats. The second-day application creates an even richer color. It’s a great time to sit outdoors on a patio and enjoy a pint, or two, on March 17 at 1 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m.
The Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade will take place on March 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. with 14 decorated floats filled with bagpipes and drummers, Irish step dancers, music, Kelly singers, former and current Irishmen of the Year, Alzafar Shrine Color Guard and Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas members. Parade route follows: Homewood Suites, Drury Plaza, Aztec Theatre, Hyatt Hotel, Rivercenter Mall, Convention Center and Arneson Theatre.
What’s new this year?
- Pretty Knees Contest (contest held between entertainment)
- Passport to Ireland – interactive adventure
- Three new New Irish bands performing at Arneson River Theatre on Friday
- Irish taking over the COS House (on La Villita Way) – free selfie station, Irish music, more)
For more information or a full list of events, please visit www.TheSanAntonioriverWalk.com/events/