America’s Armed Forces River Parade is dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces; past, present and future. 26 patriotically-decorated floats carrying all 5 branches of military personnel ranging from enlisted to a general. Patriotic music is played from the floats and on stage to serenade the floats throughout the 2 1/2 mile downtown area of the River Walk including the Arneson Theatre. This is one of the largest Parades held on the River Walk. It is televised live locally and syndicated in 26 markets throughout the United Sates including the Pentagon Channel.
Emmy Award Winner Loretta Swit will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Armed Forces River Parade. Swit is best known for her portrayal of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, on M*A*S*H which ran from 1972- 1983.
View the parade for free from anywhere downtown on the River Walk. It’s an ideal time to make a reservation at your favorite spot on the River Walk so you can dine and drink outside while enjoying the parade.