Ford Holiday River Parade 2019 – San Antonio


IT’S TIME FOR THE 2019 FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE AND LIGHTING CEREMONY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY FORD AND YOUR SOUTHED TEXAS FORD DEALER. FORD IS THE BEST IN TEXAS. AND PRESENTED BY VISIT SAN ANTONIO, THRILLED THAT YOU’VE CHOSEN THIS UNFORGETTABLE SAN ANTONIO EXPERIENCE AS PART OF YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, ALSO PRESENTED BY KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS, YOUR HOLIDAY SWEET TREATS, AND BY THE SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK ASSOCIATION. VISIT THESANANTONIORIVERWAL.>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THE 2019 FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE AND LIGHTING CEREMONY! IT IS THE 39TH YEAR OF THIS ANNUAL TRADITION TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAYS AND LIGHT UP THE WORLD FAMOUS SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK. THIS PAST YEAR, THIS PARADE WON THE FOURTH BEST HOLIDAY PARADE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ACCORDING TO USA TODAY.>>WHICH IS PRETTY GOOD.>>WHICH IS PRETTY GOOD. I’M EARN ERNIE ZUNIGA ALONG WITH DELAINE MATHEIUS. SO WE’RE WORKING TOWARD THAT. GO ONLINE TO USA TODAY/BEST 10. WE HOPE YOU VOTE FOR THIS PARADE AND WE DO BETTER THAN NUMBER FOUR.>>YEAH, HOPEFULLY WE WIN THIS YEAR. WE THINK WE’RE AWESOME AND HOPEFULLY YOU DO, TOO. WE HAVE A BIG SURPRISE THIS YEAR, NOT ONLY IS OUR THEME THIS YEAR TEXAS MUSIC CHRISTMAS AND OUR GRAND MARSHAL IS BILLY F. GIBBONS OF ZZ TOP, ON ALMOST EVERY ONE OF OUR FLOATS WE HAVE A SOUTH TEXAS MUSIC ARTIST, SOMEONE WHO IS WELL KNOWN AND EVERYBODY LOVES WITH SO MANY LIVE MUSIC PERFORMING ARTISTS TODAY AND ALSO WE HAVE SINGERS AND DANCERS FROM THE ALAMO CITY PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION, JUST A HUGE AMOUNT OF TALENT DOWN HERE ON THE RIVERWALK TONIGHT HERE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.>>Ernie: FEEL FREE TO SING ALONG AND DANCE WHEREVER YOU’RE WATCHING THE PARADE. THE THIRD MEMBER OF OUR CREW TONIGHT WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE OUR THIRD KOL COLLEAGUE, CHRIS SUCHAN WITH US.>>Chris: GOOD EVENING. IT’S THE LIGHTING OF OUR BEAUTIFUL SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK, WORLD-FAMOUS RIVERWALK. BR WE GET UNDERWAY HERE AND OUR LIGHTING CEREMONY, WE HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIAL INTRODUCTION TO A MAN THAT REALLY NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION HERE IN SAN ANTONIO, HE IS OUR CITY MAYOR, AND HIS WIFE’S HERE TONIGHT, RON NIRENBERG. [APPLAUSE]>>Mayor Nirenberg EVENING. ARE Y’ALL IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT? WELCOME TO THE 38TH ANNUAL FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE HERE ON THE SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK. THERE ARE FEW PLACES AS ABUSEFUL AS — AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE LIT, WHICH THEY WILL BE MOMENTARILY. IS EVERYONE HAVING A GOOD TIME?>>YEAH!>>Mayor Nirenberg: I WANT TO FIRST THANK ALL THE CITY CREWS OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD TO MAKE SURE THESE LIGHTS ARE READY TO GO UP AND MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THIS IS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT. IF YOU’RE WATCHING ON TV, IF YOU’RE NOT HERE WITH US, OR IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO COME DOWN, PLEASE MAKE IT DOWN AND ENJOY THE MAGICAL ENVIRONMENT THAT WE’VE CREATED HERE ON THE RIVERWALK. I HAVE ONE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY, ERICA — MY WIFE ERICA AND I HAVE ONE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY NOW, AND THAT IS TO INTRODUCE THE GRAND MARSHAL FOR THIS YEAR’S HOLIDAY PARADE, SO I WANT YOU TO PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR ONE OF THE BEST GUITAR PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, THE FOUNDER, THE LEAD SINGER, THE GUITARIST FOR THAT LITTLE OLD TEXAS BAND, THE REVEREND BILLY F. GIBBONS! [CHEERING]>>SAN ANTONIO! BUENOS NOCHES. BILLY F. GIBBONS HERE WELCOMING ONE AND ALL CELEBRATING THIS 38TH YEAR OF THE FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE. IT’S ALWAYS A MAGICAL TIME OF THE SEASON, ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR AS WE’RE HONORING ALL OUR GREAT TEXAS MUSICIANS, AND IT’S A DELIGHT TO BE THE GRAND MARSHAL WITH SUCH AN ESTEEMED GROUP OF TALENTS, ALL MADE POSSIBLE BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY AND OUR MANY FINE SPONSORS MAKING THIS HAPPEN THIS YEAR, ALONG WITH THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER ASSOCIATION, MAYOR NIRENBERG, OUR TECHNICAL LIGHTING CREW AND OF COURSE, YOU-ALL, THE FINE FOLKS OF SAN ANTONIO. [CHEERING]>>HAVE MERCY!>>Mayor Nirenberg: ALL RIGHT. SO WE’RE HERE — OKAY. WE’VE GOT A SPECIAL TREAT FOR THE THE REVEREND.>>HERE YOU GO. WE’D LIKE TO PRESENT YOU FOR ONE DAY FROM KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS, ONE DAY ONLY SPECIAL FOR EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE, AND THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE IT UNTIL THE KRISPY KREME FLOAT COMES BY, BUT THE OFFICIAL BILLY GIBBONS DOUGHNUT. [CHEERING]>>BILLY: I SEE, I’M LOOKING DOWN, I SEE ME. OH, THERE’S THE OTHER BEARD ON THE DUSTY, OUR DRUMMER, MR. FRANK BEARD, THE MAN WITH NO BEARD. I’M GOING TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF THAT ONE.>>Mayor Nirenberg: ALL RIGHT, BILLY, WE HAVE ONE RESPONSIBILITY, AND OFFICIAL RESPONSIBILITY AS YOU HAVE AS GRAND MARSHAL, WILL YOU PLEASE HELP US NOW TURN ON THESE WONDERFUL LIGHTS.>>BILLY: I THINK IT’S TIME TO SAY, ALEXA, TURN ON THOSE LIGHTS!>>ALEXA: OKAY, BILLY. [CHEERING]>>Delaine: EXCELLENT JOB, BILLY.>>Ernie: THAT’S A FIRST. NEVER GETS OLD EVEN WHEN YOU USE AN ALEXA HERE TO DO IT. WHO’S READY FOR THE PARADE? I.>>Chris: I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEND IT BACK OVER TO YOU GUYS.>>Delaine: WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>Ernie: WELL, IT’S THE BEST HOLIDAY PARADE IN TEXAS, SO WE’RE STARTING TO CELEBRATE WITH THE FORD CHRISTMAS FLOAT TONIGHT AND OUR GRAND MARSHAL, YOU JUST SAW HIM A SHORT TIME AGO, ZZ TOP LEAD SINGER BILLY F. GIBBONS, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I HAVE A BEARD FOR THIS PARADE. AND SO DO YOU, I SUPPOSE.>>Delaine: OH, YEAH, SHE’S GOT LEGS, RIGHT.>>Ernie: GOES CRAZY FOR A SHARP-DRESSED MAN.>>Delaine: WE COULD GO ON ALL NIGHT LONG, BUT LET’S GET OUT TO THE FLOAT. OUR GRAND MARSHAL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HE’S ABOUT TO ROUND THE CORNER. IT IS BILLY F. GIBBONS, THE MAN OF THE HOUR, OUR GRAND MARSHAL ON BOARD FLOAT NUMBER ONE.>>Ernie: AND INDEED A SHARP-DRESSED MAN, LOOK AT THE HOLIDAY COAT THERE ALONG WITH HIS LOVELY WIFE GILLIGAN. HERE HE COMES. BILLY’S KNOWN AS MR. BILLY G AND HE’S BEEN LEADING HIS TRIO FOR FIVE DECADES. HIS SOLO ALBUM BIG BLACK BLUES WON WON THE BEST BLUES ROCK ALBUM FOR 2019.>>Delaine: YOU CAN SEE HIS FAMOUS LITTLE RED 1934 FORD THREE-WINDOW COUPE WHICH WAS FEATURED ON THE ZZ TOP ELIMINATOR ALBUM. FORD IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING GREAT PRODUCTS TO THRENGTENING THEIR BUSINESS TO THE BENEFIT OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. THIS IS THE FOUNDATION FOR FORD’S SUCCESS WHICH HELPED THEM BECOME A GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY LEADER ON SIX CONTINENTS. SOUTH TEXAS FORD DEALERS ARE HONORED TO JOIN TOGETHER AND BRING THIS EVENT TO YOU, AND HOPE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.>>Ernie: OF COURSE, BILLY F. GIBBONS HAS PLAYED WITH SO MANY LEGENDS OVER THE YEARS, AUGIE MEYERS, FLACCO JIMENEZ, LITTLE JOE, STEVE EARLE AND MANY OTHERS. WE’RE SO THRILLED TO START WITH BILLY F. GIBBONS FROM ZZ TOP.>>Delaine: I DON’T KNOW IF YOU COULD SEE THAT, BUT HE WAS PRESENTED WITH A KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT THAT HAD A BEARD.>>Ernie: ONE OF A KIND DOUGHNUT. ON TO OUR SECOND FLOAT TONIGHT, THIS IS SIX FLAG FIESTA TEXAS AND THEIR THEME HONKY TONK MARIACHIS, FEATURING STEPHANIE URBINA JONES PERFORMING. THEY ARE PRESENTING THE SEASON’S BIGGEST THRILLS WITH HOLIDAY INN THE MARK SPONSORED BY H-E-B. WITH DAZZLING LIGHTS AND AMAZING SHOWS, IT’S TRULY THE PLACE TO BE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. PLUS GET YOUR THRILL ON WITH ALL THE AMAZING RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS INCLUDING THE JOKER, CARNIVAL OF CHAOS.>>Delaine: STEPHANIE URBINA JONES WHO WAS BORN IN SAN ANTONIO AND PRIDES HERSELF AS AN AMBASSADOR. SHE MADE HISTORY THIS YEAR BRINGING MARIACHI MUSIC TO THE GRAND OL OP PRI WHERE SHE GOT TO HONOR DOLLY PARTON WITH HER MARIACHI VERSION OF JOLENE. SHE’S KNOWN AS THE HOPPING I CAN TONGUE MARIACHI WORLDWIDE.>>Delaine: WE’RE ABOUT TO GET TIGHT FOR CHRISTMAS WITH ARCHIE BELL OF HOUSTON TEXAS. THE MAD DOGS GROUP SHOWCASING ARCHIE BELL A TEXAS MUSIC LEGEND, ON THEIR FLOAT THIS YEAR. THE MAD DOGS GROUP, INITIALLY THROUGH THEIR FLAGSHIP OUTLET, MAD DOGS BRITISH PUB, HAVE BEEN PROUD PARTICIPANTS OF THE HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE FOR MANY YEARS NOW.>>Delaine: THEY THE GROUP NOW PROUDLY SHOWCASE THEIR OTHER RIVERWALK ESTABLISHMENTS, THE BIE GARTEN, MADDY McMURPHY’S IRISH SPORTS BAR, NOT YOUR ORDINARY IRISH BAR, WITH GREEN BEER, MARGARITAS, ALONG WITH THE VERY BEST IN LIVE SPORTS AND OF COURSE OUR MAD DOGS BRITISH PUB, A RIVERWALK LEGEND SINCE 1996.>>Ernie: ALL RIGHT. HERE RIGHT ON CUE, HERE IS OUR SAN ANTONIO MAYOR AND COUNCIL. WE SAW OUR MAYOR A SHORT TIME AGO AND ALSO COUNCILMEMBERS.>>Delaine: THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF 1.4 MILLION SAN ANTONIO RESIDENTS. OVER 14 MILLION FOLKS VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK, MAKING IT THE NO. 1 DESTINATION IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS. THE MUSIC OF SAN ANTONIO JAZZ CROONER EXTRAORDINAIRE KEN SLAVIN, HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS. KEN IS AN EXCITING CLASSIC JAZZ SINGER WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FOLLOWING OF ALL AGES, HIS CLASSY AND FRESH APPROACH HAS LANDED HIM HEADLINE APPEARANCES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>Ernie: OH, BOY, HERE WE GO, A TROPICAL CHRISTMAS, OUR NEXT FLOAT IS CARVANA, AND HERE THEY COME HERE. THIS IS CARVANA’S FIRST YEAR TO BE A PART OF THE FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE AND YOU CAN SEE THEY’RE KICKING IT ON WITH AN ISLAND OF FUN. CAR VA THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT BUYING A CAR IS SERIOUS BUSINESS AND THAT’S WHY THEY DO WHAT THEY DO TO PUT YOUR MIND AT EASE, THEY MAKE BUYING A CAR 100% ONLINE A BREEZE, IF YOU WILL,.>>Delaine: YOU CAN BUY THOUSANDS OF CARS ONLINE, TRADE IN OLD MODELS ALL FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME WITH A SEVEN-DAY RETURN POLICY. THESE GUYS MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU. ON EVERY SINGLE VEHICLE PURCHASED, THEY’LL MAKE SURE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR CAR ENJOY THE NEW WAY TO BUY A CAR OVER THE HOLIDAYS WITH CARVANA.>>Ernie: THEY HAVE THE GIANT CAR VENDING MACHINE. THAT’S TWO-TIME GRAMMY WINNER BOBBY FLORES WITH HIS VERSION OF JOY TO THE WORLD WHICH YOU PROBABLY RECOGNIZE . ALL RIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO STEP ASIDE. WE’RE WELL UNDERWAY HERE, A GREAT NIGHT IN SAN ANTONIO, WE’LL BE BACK WITH THE FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE.>>Delaine: AND WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY, TO THE RIVERWALK HERE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, TONIGHT. OUR NEXT FLOAT, IT ALL STARTED WITH THE SNOW. IS THAT “FROSTY THE SNOWMAN” COMING AROUND THE BEND HERE IN JUST A SECOND? IT’S FROSTY THE FLACO RIDING WITH EVA’S HEROES PARENTS. — PARTICIPANTS. IT LOOKS LIKE EVA’S HEROSES ARE ADDING ACCORDION. FLACCO JIMENEZ COULDN’T MAKE IT HERE TONIGHT, WE’RE HONORING HIM NONETHELESS.>>Ernie: YOU KNOW THAT AMAZING SOUND FROM FLACCO JIMENEZ. EVA’S HEROES OFFERS MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS 14 YEARS AND UP WITH INTELLECTUAL NEEDS. ONE OF THE FEW TIMES YOU’LL SEE SNOW IN SAN ANTONIO.>>Delaine: ADORABLE FLOAT, THE SNOWMEN IS PLAYING AN ACCORDIONS JUST LIKE FLACCO JIMENEZ. HE IS A FIVE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER. FLACCO BEGAN WORKING WITH DOUG SAHM IN THE 1960s AND HE WENT ON TO WORK WITH SUCH WELL-KNOWN ARTISTS LIKE DR. JOHN, PETER ROWAN. RY C COODER AND BOB DYLAN. THAT’S WHY WE LIKE TO SAY PURO SAN ANTONIO.>>Ernie: FROSTY THE FLACO AND EVA’S HEROES. THE FIRST OF TWO FLOATS WE’RE GOING TO SEE FROM EVA’S HEROS. YOU MENTIONED PURO SAN ANTONIO, WE’RE STILL A LONG TIME FROM FIESTA, BUT EVA’S PARTICIPANTS ARE RIDING ON THE PURO SAN ANTONIO FLOAT.>>Delaine: NOT ONLY DO EVA’S HEROS ENJOY FIESTA, THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THAT SAN ANTONIO HAS TO OFFER ALL YEAR LONG, SPURS GAMES, THE BROADWAY SHOWS, ART NIGHT, SUMMER CAMPS, EVA’S HEROES HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. THEIR PROGRAMMING IS DESIGNED FOR TEENAGERS AND ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL SPECIAL NEEDS. TODAY PARTICIPANTS HAVE PUT ON A WINTER FIESTA THEME, FOLKLORICO DANCERS.>>Ernie: THAT MAN YOU JUST SAW, TWO-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER AND COFOUNDER OF CAM PAN THATS DE AMERICA MARIACHI GROUP, JUAN ORTIZ. [CHEERING]>>Delaine: OH, BOY! HERE THEY ARE. KRISPY KREME. KRISPY KREME, THIS FLOAT IS THE BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS, ALONG WITH THEIR LITTLES AS WELL. IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY’RE CELEBRATING A STRAIT UP CHRISTMAS. THEY’RE ENJOYING THE ZACH WILLARD BAND OF GEORGE STRAIT’S WHEN IT’S CHRISTMAS IN TEXAS.>>Ernie: ALONG WITH THE SWEET TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC, THEY’RE ENJOYING THE MELT IN YOUR MOUTH KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS. YOU CAN GET SPECIALLY CHRISTMAS DECORATED DOUGHNUTS AT ANY OF THE FOUR LOCAL LOCATIONS.>>Delaine: THEY WERE FOUNDED A LONG TIME AGO, 1904. BIG BROTHERS – BIG SISTERS IS THE OLDEST AND LARGEST YOUTH MENTORING ORGANIZATION IN THE U.S. THEY BELIEVE ALL KIDS SHOULD HAVE A CHANCE OF SUCCESS.>>Ernie: AND THERE, THAT VOICE YOU HERE IS JEFFERSON CLAY HERE WITH SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK ASSOCIATION AND A FITTING SONG FOR OUR LOCATION. CHRISTMAS ROYALTY AND A RIVERWALKING CHRISTMAS.>>Delaine: RIDING ON THIS FLOAT IS THE SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK ASSOCIATION 2019 RIVERWALK ROYAL COURT LED BY QUEEN TORI JOHNSON AND KING JOHN NUNEZ.>>Ernie: AND I’VE GOT TO MENTION A SHOUT OUT TO THE MASCOT, THAT’S TIMMY DUNCAN BY THE WAY, NAMED FOR THE SPURS GREAT HALL OF FAMER, OF COURSE. AND THAT IS JEFFERSON CLAY SINGING THE RIVERWALK THEME RIVERWALKIN’ WHICH YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND STREAM ON APPS LIKE YOUTUBE AND iTUNES.>>Delaine: LET’S LISTEN IN FOR A SECOND. SUPER CUTE.>>Ernie: SO IT HAS TO BE THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO I HEAR. LAST TEXAS MUSIC SORE ROSE DE SAN ANTONIO MUSIC ARTIST HERE. THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO HAS BEEN THE CHARM OF THE CITY FOR 105 YEARS.>>Delaine: A WHOLE LOT OF FAMILY FUN. NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 31 YOU CAN ENJOY WHATABURGER’S ZOO LIGHTS AS A HOLIDAY TRADITION FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.>>Ernie: I’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE AND I RECOMMEND IT. SAN ANTONIO ZOO IS TRANSFORMED INTO A WILD WINTER WONDERLAND FILLED WITH A JAW-DROPPING ARRAY OF TWINKLING LIGHTS, LIFE-SIZED ILLUMINATED ANIMALS LIKE A 15-FOOT TALL GIRAFFE IN STARRY SAFARI. YOU CAN SIP HOT COCOA, ROAST S’MORES, RIDE CAMELS AND EVEN VISIT SANTA.>>Delaine: IT’S SUPER FUN. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER KIDDIE PARK WILL BE OPEN AT NIGHT. KIDDIE PARK IS THIS OLD TRADITIONAL LITTLE PARK FOR KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR AGES AND AGES, IT FINALLY MOVED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER TO THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO.>>Delaine: THE REMAINING MEMBERS OF LAS TESOROS DE SAN ANTONIO ARE BLANQUITA RODRIGUEZ AND BEE TREEZ LLAMAS, THEY PAVED THE WAY FOR HIS HISPANIC WOMEN TODAY.>>Delaine: LET’S SEND IT OVER TO CHRIS.>>Chris: IN THIS CASE HERE, WE HAVE THE TITLE SPONSOR SHAWN BERRY WITH US HERE FROM FORD, 16 YEARS WITH THE FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE. THAT’S INCREDIBLE. WHY?>>YOU KNOW, WE’RE PROUD AS SOUTH TEXAS FORD DEALERS TO BE A PART OF THE RIVER PARADE, THE CHRISTMAS RIVER PARADE, AND WE LOVE BEING A PART EVERY YEAR. THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETIMES IT’S HOT, SOMETIMES THERE’S RAIN, SOMETIMES IT’S COOL. WE LOVE THE FAMILY AND EVERYTHING IT BRINGS TOGETHER TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON.>>Chris: AND IT HAS TRULY BEEN A MAGICAL NIGHT. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. SANTA’S IN THE HOUSE, TOO, RIGHT?>>THAT’S RIGHTMENT COMING DOWN ANY TIME.>>Chris: THE WEATHER’S FANTASTIC. WE HAVE A LOT MORE AHEAD HERE FROM THE FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>Ernie: WE’RE BACK FOR THE 2019 FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE. NICE TO HAVE YOU ALONG WITH US TONIGHT. WE’RE NOT EVEN HALFWAY THROUGH.>>Delaine: NO, WE’RE NOT.>>Ernie: WE’VE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO HERE. AND UP NEXT OUR FLOAT NUMBER 11 HERE, THE SAN ANTONIO GARDENIA CLUB AND THE THEME SILVER BELLS. ALWAYS A BEAUTIFUL SIGN DURING THE HOLIDAYS. AND SPONSORING THIS IS THE SAN ANTONIO GARDENIA CLUB WHICH WAS STARTED BACK IN 1960 TO FURTHER INTEREST IN THE FINE ARTS AND PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP WITHIN THE MEMBERSHIP.>>Delaine: THE ORGANIZATION AWARDS FINE ART SCHOLARSHIPS TO DESERVING FINE ART STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE FROM WITHIN BEXAR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STAY IN SAN ANTONIO TO GO TO COLLEGE. MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN A MONTHLY GATHERING WHERE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS PERFORM. THE CLUB CROWNS AN ANNUAL QUEEN EVERY YEAR. THE QUEEN THIS YEAR IS RACHEL JAMES.>>Ernie: AND THAT IS OUR ARTIST TONIGHT HERE, JIMMY SPACEK WITH THE SILVER BELLS AND WITH HIS GUITAR. HE RELEASED HIS EASY COME, EASY GO ALBUM 30 YEARS AGO AND TOURED WORLDWIDE. HE PLAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS SONG ON SOUTH SIDE SAN ANTONE ON HIS ALBUM PEACE AND DISTORTION.>>Delaine: AND THE NEXT FLOAT COMING IN, PEDROTTI’S RANCH IS AN EVENT CENTER FOR ANY OCCASION, FROM 50 TO 5,000 GUESTS, WHATEVER YOU NEED. THE PROPERTY INCLUDES FIVE CLIMATE-CONTROLLED PRIVATE BANQUET FACILITIES AVAILABLE FOR WEDDINGS, FUNDRAISERS, CORPORATE EVENTS, PRIVATE ON-SITE RODEOS, BUSINESS LUNCHEONS, SCHOOL EVENTS, HOLIDAY PARTIES, TRADE SHOWS, YOU NAME IT. AND THEY ARE LOCATED INSIDE CITY LIMITS BUT JUST OUTSIDE LOOP 1604.>>Ernie: YEP. AND THE SONG YOU HEAR CHRISTMAS WITH MY DAD IS BY SAN ANTONIO NATIVE HECTOR AND DAVID SALDAÑA, THE FOUNDERS OF KRAYOLAS. THEY HAD A BREAK, RETURNED IN 2007, AND THEY ARE A HUGE NAME HERE IN SAN ANTONIO.>>Delaine: RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. COMING AROUND THE BEND IS WHATABURGER. CHRISTMASTIMES A COMIN’, Y’ALL, THAT IS THE THEME OF THIS BEAUTIFUL FLOAT SPONSORED BY WHATABURGER. AT WHATABURGER, THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BRING MORE JOY AND CHEER TO THE COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMERS, NOT JUST DURING THE HOLIDAYS, BUT YEAR-ROUND. AS WE IMMERSE THE RIVERWALK IN LIGHTS, JOIN WHATABURGER IN CARRYING SOME OF THAT MAGIC AND LIGHT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. KIND AND THOUGHTFUL ACTS BRING HAPPINESS TO OTHERS, WHICH IS THE TRUE GIFT AND THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS.>>Ernie: AND YOU SEE THE SWAG RIGHT THERE, WHATABURGER, THE FOOD IS GREAT, BUT THE SWAG IS CERTAINLY GOOD. AND IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF, THANK YOU!>>Delaine: GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT.>>Ernie: YES, VERY TEMPTING. AL GOMEZ THERE ON THE HORN FOR US. AND HIS CURRENT MONIKER, THE TEXAS HORNS CURRENTLY TOURING THE COUNTRY. HIS GROUP GOES BACK DECADES HERE HERE IN SAN ANTONIO. SO WHATABURGER WITH US TONIGHT.>>Delaine: ALL RIGHT. IT’S CHRISTMAS, WHAT A BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THAT RIDING THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF INCARNATE WORD LIGHT THE WAY CELEBRATION. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. WELCOME TO THE CARDINAL OF UIW, TONIGHT WE HAVE MEMBERS OF UIW COMMUNITY AND RED, THE CARDINAL ON THE FLOAT. THEY WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS.>>Ernie: AND THAT IS HAPPY PATSY TORRES. UIW CAMPUS LIT IN A MILLION LIGHTS BACK IN 1986, IT’S ALWAYS FREE AND ALWAYS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FOR NEARLY 140 YEARS, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD HAS BEEN EDUCATING STUDENTS TO BE LIFE-LONG LEARNERS AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITY. THIS IS PATSY FLORES SINGING HER ORIGINAL SONG I’VE GOT THAT CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FROM HER NEWLY RELEASED CHRISTMAS ALBUM.>>Delaine: NOT ONLY IS SHE A WONDERFUL MUSIC ARTIST, BUT SHE HAS A PH.D. IN EDUCATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP. SHE ALSO PERFORMS AN ELABORATE PATSY CLINE TRIBUTE.>>Ernie: SO THAT’S DR. PATSY TORRES TO YOU AND I.>>Delaine: RIGHT.>>Ernie: ALL RIGHT. WE’LL STEP ASIDE AND WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>Delaine: WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE. OUR NEXT FLOAT IS SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO. SEAWORLD AMBASSADORS GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT ON THIS FLOAT AS SAN ANTONIO’S FIRST MAJOR THEME PARK CELEBRATES THE SEASON WHILE INSPIRING OTHERS TO PROTECT ANIMALS AND THE WILD WONDERS OF OUR WORLD.>>Ernie: SEA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IS BACK WITH SHAMU, SANTA, SEA LIONS AND OVER 9 MILLION SHIMMERING LIGHTS AND SO MUCH MORE. GUESTS CAN GRAB DELICIOUS FOOD, ENJOY HOLIDAY SHOPPING, MEET RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND FRIENDS AND ENJOY THE SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS PARADE.>>Delaine: SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAYS IN TEXAS AND IS PERFECT PLACE TO BRING ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND TRADITIONS TO ONE SPOT. IT TAKES PLACE ON SELECT NIGHTS THROUGH JANUARY 5TH. HEAD TO SEAWORLDSANANTONIO.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.>>Ernie: AND THE SONG YOU HEAR THERE IS CHRISTMAS ON WEST MISTLETOE BY ROSY FLORES, A JAZZ AND BLUES SINGER KNOWN AS THE ROCKABILLY FILLY HERE WITH US TONIGHT REPRESENTING SAN ANTONIO.>>Delaine: NEXT UP, SOOTHING SOUNDS HERE, A BAIT HOE VAN KINDER KINDERCHOR, BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS MUSIC PERFORMING ON THE GERMAN CHRISTMAS THROAT IS A GERMAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR CALLED THE BEETHOVEN KINDERCHOR, A NONPROFIT VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION OF GERMAN HERITAGE IN SAN ANTONIO THROUGH THE SINGING OF TRADITIONAL GERMAN SONGS, PERFECT FOR THIS THEME.>>Ernie: THEY’RE ONE OF SEVERAL CHOIRS THAT PRACTICE AND PERFORM AT BEETHOVEN HALLEE LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC KING WILLIAM DISTRICT OF SAN ANTONIO. SOME OF THE OTHER CHOIRS ARE THE DAM MEN CORE, THE GERMANE YEAH, AND THE FOUNDING AND OLDEST OF THE CHOIRS, THE MANNER CORE.>>Delaine: IN ADDITION TO THE CHOIRS, THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL BANDS THAT CALL BEETHOVEN HALLEE HOME.>>Ernie: FELIZ NAVIDAD, RIGHT ON CUE HERE, THERE’S LITTLE JOE RIGHT THERE. SINCE 1955, UNIVISION HAS FUELED INNOVATION THROUGH A PASSION FOR REFLECTING THE DIVERSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEIR DEDICATION TO INFORM, ENTERTAIN, AND EMPOWER AUDIENCE HAS POSITIONED THEM AS THE PRIMARY TRANSLATOR SERVE SAN ANTONIO AND PROMOTING HISPANIC CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES.>>Delaine: SINGING FELIZ NAVIDAD TONIGHT IS FIVE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER AND TEJANO HALL OF FAMER LITTLE JOE. HE’S RELEASED MORE THAN 70 MILES, HE MARCHED WITH CESAR CHAVEZ.>>Ernie: SHELLY LARES IS COMING IN NEXT, LANDRY’S CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH. ALONG THE RIVERWALK, GET A TRUE TASTE OF GULF COAST TRADITION, WILD DINING AND SHOPPING ADVENTURE AT RAINFOREST CAFE WITH LIGHTS LIKE ALL KINDS OF FUN.>>Delaine: BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP, SALTGRASS STEAKHOUSE , YOU CAN TAKE YOUR DINING TO THE SKY WITH THE REVOLVING CHART HOUSE RESTAURANT AT THE TOWER OF THE AMERICAS.>>Ernie: SHELLY LAR REST THERE, SANTA LOOKS A LOT LIKE DADDY IS WHAT SHE’S SINGING THERE. SHE HAS THREE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS AND A NUMBER OF TEJANO MUSIC AWARDS. SHE’S BEEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR OVER 40 YEARS NOW.>>Delaine: LET’S SEND THINGS OVER TO CHRIS.>>Chris: WE HAVE HERE WITH VISIT SAN ANTONIO. WE HAVE RICHARD OLIVER HERE, I MEAN, ON A NIGHT LIKE TONIGHT, HOW DO YOU NOT BRAG ABOUT OUR CITY. OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE OUR WORLD-FAMOUS RIVERWALK, BUT WE ARE TRULY IN THIS COUNTRY A DESTINATION CITY.>>WE REALLY ARE. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, SAN ANTONIO 39 MILLION VISITORS A YEAR, THAT’S A LOT ON THE FACE OF IT, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE COME HERE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE HOLIDAYS ARE JUST SO MAGICAL IN SAN ANTONIO. I’M TELLING YOU, CHRIS, I’M NOT SURE THERE’S A COMMUNITY IN THE COUNTRY THAT HAS AS MANY LIGHTS AS WE DO, NOT ONLY IN THE RIVERWALK, BUT IN ALL THE ATTRACTIONS, THE UNIVERSITY, THE HOMES. WE LOVE CHRISTMAS HERE IN SAN ANTONIO. YOU HAVE THE ALAMO, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DO DOWN HERE AND IT’S AN ESCAPE FROM THE WEATHER FOR MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.>>I WATCH PEOPLE WALKING AROUND IN SHORTS AND EVERYTHING. I THOUGHT YOU’D HAVE SHORTS TONIGHT. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THOSE CHICKEN LEGS.>>NO, IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO BE BECAUSE OF THAT, IN PART, IT’S BECAUSE EVERY TIME OF YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE WEATHER’S GOOD, WE CELEBRATE, NOBODY DOES FIESTA BETTER THAN SAN ANTONIO AND THAT INCLUDES THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.>>Chris: MILITARY CITY USA, WE HAVE A LOT OF ZERO CITY PRIDE AND IT ALWAYS SHOWS AS IS TONIGHT HERE. AND, OF COURSE, YOU’LL WANT TO STAY TUNED, WE HAD ZZ TOP HERE, BILLY F. GIBBONS, BUT WE HAVE SANTA CLAUS COMING UP HERE. THERE’S A LITTLE MORE YET TO GO. YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT, FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE IS BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>Ernie: 2019 FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE CONTINUES WHILE WE ENJOY KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS AND OTHER GOODIES UP HERE IN THE ANCHOR BOOTH, BUT IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE THE HOLLIDAY, TEXAS STYLE WITH SOME OF OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, LONE STAR CHRISTMAS AND FAMILIAR FACES FROM NEWS FOUR SAN ANTONIO AND FOX SAN ANTONIO.>>Delaine: YEAH, OUR STATIONS ARE ALWAYS EXCITED TO TAKE PART IN THIS GORGEOUS PARADE. HERE’S OUR FLOAT COMING IN AND GUESS WHO’S ON BOARD. THAT’S RANDY BEAMER RIGHT THERE.>>Ernie: OH, MY GOODNESS. YES. THERE HE IS, JAIM MY — JIM JIMMIE VAUGHAN DOING HIS THING, LET’S LISTEN IN FOR A SEC.>>Ernie: SO THE SINCLAIR SAN ANTONIO BROADCAST STATION BRING AWARD-WINNING LOCAL NEWS AND LIFESTYLE PROGRAMMING, THEY TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY WORKING WITH DOZENS OF NONPROFIT GROUPS TO IMPROVE LIVES HERE IN SAN ANTONIO.>>Delaine: WE MENTIONED DALLAS BORN, AUSTIN BASED JIMMIE VAUGHAN WHO IS A FOUR-TIME GRAMMY WINNER AND ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S PREMIER BLUESMEN. THEY QUICKLY BECAME THE LEADING BLUES BAND IN THE STATE. HI, GUYS!>>Ernie: TALK ABOUT SOME CHARACTERS, OH, YEAH, THERE YOU GO! THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. A LOT OF THAT TONIGHT.>>Delaine: ALL RIGHT. UP NEXT,.>>Ernie: TRADERS VILLAGE RUN, RUN RUDOLPH AND ANOTHER HUGE NAME STEVE EARLE, HERE COMES FREDDY THE FLEA ON THE RUN, RUN RUDOLPH FLOAT SPONSORED BY TRADER ES’ VILLAGE. IT’S THE LARGEST WEEKEND FLEA MARKET AND INTERN TAINMENT COMPLEX IN SAN ANTONIO WHERE PEOPLE COME TO THE 100-ACRE COMPLEX TO FIND THE BEST DEALS FROM ONLY A THOUSAND VENDORS.>>Delaine: YOU CAN FIND EVERYTHING FROM BIKES TO BOOTS, COMICS TO CLOTHING, PET SUPPLIES TO POPS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. BRING THE KIDS TO VISIT SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AND RIDE THE SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN.>>Ernie: VOTED SAN ANTONIO’S BEST FLEA MARKET THREE YEARS IN A ROW. IT’S MORE THAN A FLEA MARKET. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE AT TRADERS VILLAGE.COM. THAT IS THREE-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER THE ICONIC STEVE EARLE.>>Delaine: YOU KNOW, QUICK MENTION ON ALL THESE FLOATS, THEY START BUILDING THESE FLOATS TWO WEEKS AFTER THE PARADE.>>Ernie: RIGHT.>>Delaine: SO THEY START DESIGNING THEM, I’M JUST IMPRESSED THEY DO A PHENOMENAL JOB EVERY YEAR.>>Ernie: OKAY. WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY, I WAS WONDERING HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE BEFORE WE HAD SELENA IN THE HOUSE HERE, AND COMPLIMENTS OF THE TEXAS CAVALIERS A SELENA CHRISTMAS, KING ANTONIO XCVII ROGER HILL III, HIS FAMILY AND AIDES ARE JOINING THE PARADE FESTTIES.>>Delaine: SINCE 1926, THEY’VE BEEN A PART OF SAN ANTONIO’S CULTURE AND FIESTA CELEBRATIONS. THEY DEDICATE THEIR TIME AND TALENT SUPPORTING SAN ANTONIO AREA NONPROFIT THROUGH THE TEXAS CAVALIER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.>>Ernie: OVER THE PAST 27 YEARS THEY’VE GIVEN OVER $8 MILLION TO LOCAL CHILDREN’S CHARITIES IN SAN ANTONIO. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE GO ONLINE TO TEXASCAVALIERS.ORG, SUPPORT THEM. A WONDERFUL SELENA SONG BAIL LA ESTE KEUM BEE BEE — CUMBIA.>>Delaine: AND OUR NEXT FLOAT COMING IN THE CHRISTMAS Y’ALL FLOAT. SPONSORED BY THE DRURY PLAZA RIVERWALK. IT’S WHERE SANTA LIKES TO STAY RIGHT HERE ON THE BEAUTIFUL RIVERWALK. HERE IT IS COMING THROUGH.>>Ernie: THAT’S THE REAL THING RIGHT THERE.>>Delaine: SANTA’S IN THERE RIGHT THERE.>>Ernie: WE HAVE THE REPLICA ON THE BARGE AND THAT’S THE REAL ONE.>>Delaine: HE BETTER BE MAKING HIS WAY DOWN BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO SEE HIM IN A FEW MINUTES. DRURY HOTELS STARTED 46 YEARS AGO AND THEY REMAIN FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED WITH OVER 150 HOTELS THROUGH THE UNITED STATES.>>Ernie: THE DRURY FAMILY WANTS TO WISH A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THEIR FAMILY TO YOURS. PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, ALBERT GARCIA, HE’S A LOCAL SAX MUSICIAN WHO HAS PERFORMED FOR 40 YEARS AT CLUBS, HE’S OPENED FOR SANTANA, BOB MARLEY AND INNER CIRCLE AMONG OTHERS.>>Delaine: I CAN LISTEN TO HIM ALL DAY. FANTASTIC. COMING AROUND THE BEND HERE ON THE RIVERWALK, IS EL REY FEO. HERE WE SEE A REY FEO CHRISTMAS. THOMAS RAGUILLO RAISED OVER $272,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOCAL, DESERVING STUDENTS.>>Ernie: YES, AMAZING PEOPLE ON THERE. SINCE 1947, OVER $8 MILLION HAS BEEN RAISED TO FUND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OVER 5,000 STUDENTS IN AND AROUND THE SAN ANTONIO AREA. THERE’S ALSO OTHER ROYALTY, LA REINA LINDA VII WHOSE RAISED $50,000. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF SUPPORT HERE DURING THE FIESTA, OF COURSE COME APRIL.>>Delaine: YEAH, FIESTA IS OUR HUGE CITYWIDE PARTY THAT WE HAVE EVERY SINGLE YEAR.>>Ernie: WITH THE HA NACIDO CRISTO, THE THEME FOR THEIR FLOAT RIGHT THERE. WE’RE GOING TO STEP ASIDE FOR JUST A SECOND AS WE ROLL ON WITH THE 2019 FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE .>>Delaine: AND WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE. OUR NEXT FLOAT, WATCH OUT GRANDMA WITH OVER 40 COMMUNITIES IN T GREATER SAN ANTONIO AREA, GREYSTAR OFFERS BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT HOMES WITH STYLISH AMENITIES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE BEYOND YOUR EXPECTATIONS. WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO LIVE IN ANY PART OF SAN ANTONIO, GREYSTAR HAS A VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR YOU WITH MODERN AMENITIES, CLASSIC DESIGN, HILL COUNTRY VIEWS AND URBAN CONVENIENCES YOU DESERVE.>>Ernie: I LOVE THIS. THIS IS A REAL TREAT HERE. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE SONG WAS CALLED GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER, NO, THAT IS RANDY BROOKS. HE WROTE THE SONG, IT’S CALLED WATCH OUT GRANDMA.>>Delaine: EVERYONE KNOWS THIS SONG. LET’S LISTEN IN. [♪MUSIC PLAYING] ♪ ♪ WHEN WE FOUND HER CHRISTMAS MORNING, AT THE SCENE OF THE ATTACK ♪ ♪ SHE HAD HOOF PRINTS ON HER FOREHEAD AND INCRIMINATING CLAWS’ MARKS ON HER BACK ♪>>Ernie: RANDY WROTE THE SONG. BY THE WAY, HE ALSO WAS THE VOICE FOR 20 YEARS FOR AMERICAN AIR LINE. THAT VOICE HAS DONE HIM WELL OVER THE YEARS.>>Delaine: YEAH, IT SURE HAS. NEXT UP THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIGGER AND BRIGHTER THAN EVER, DEEP IN THE HEART OF SAN ANTONIO. TWO OF SAN ANTONIO’S NEWEST ATTRACTIONS CELEBRATING A TEXA CHRISTMAS NIGHT TERNZ THIS BRICK-TACULAR AND FIN TAASIC LEGOLAND, OPEN INDOOR PLAYGROUND OPENED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO THE DELIGHT OF SAN ANTONIO.>>Delaine: THE ALL NEW SEA LIFE AQUARIUM OPENS IN FEBRUARY OF 2020, IT WILL TRANSPORT YOU TO MAGICAL UNDERWATER WORLD ALL INSIDE THE SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER. YOU CAN SPEND THE DAY AT LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, AND THE SEA LIFE AQUARIUM, TWO NEW BEAUTIFUL ATTRACTIONS IN DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO.>>Ernie: SHE RELEASED 17 ALBUMS OVER THE YEAR, TISH HINOJOSA.>>Delaine: THIS IS A REMINDER THE ONSTAGE PERFORMERS ARE FROM THE ALAMO PERFORMANCE ASSOCIATION. THEY’VE BEEN ENTERTAINING CROWDS LIKE THIS ONE HERE AT THE RIVERWALK FOR A LONG TIME.>>Ernie: ON TO LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE, THEY’RE COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. YOU SEE THE PERFORMERS THAT DELAINE WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT. STEAKHOUSE WILL BE HERE MOMENTARY. [♪MUSIC PLAYING]>>Ernie: GO AHEAD.>>Delaine: THE ALAMO CITY PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION MISSION IS TO PROVIDE ART, PROVIDING ANYBODY AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM AND EXCEL IN THEIR CHOSEN ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES. WE’VE SEEN SINGERS, BALLET DANCERS, ALL ACROSS THE BOARD. SUPER AMAZING TALENT HERE TONIGHT.>>Ernie: ALL RIGHT. HERE WE GO WITH LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND VAN WILKS IS THE MUSIC TALENT HERE. LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE IS KNOWN FOR FRESH SEASONED STEAK, INCLUDING THEIR SIGNATURE BONE-IN OUTLAW STEAK.>>Delaine: IT SOUNDS REALLY GOOD RIGHT NOW. EVER CHANGING SEASONAL MENU AND MOUTH-WATERING SIGNATURE MARCHING REETD REET — MARGARITAS. INSPIRED BY TEXAS RANCHERS HOMES. CALL YOUR LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE FOR ALL YOUR CATERING AND TAKE-OUT NEWS.>>Delaine: VAN WILKS IS ON THIS FLOAT HERE, HE REALLY EXEMPLIFIES TEXAS MUSIC.>>Delaine: HE’S ACCLAIMED BY BILLY F. GIBBONS AND CHRISTOPHER CLARK AS ONE OF TEXAS’ GREAT ARTIST IN THE TRUEST SENSE.>>Ernie: THERE’S AN AERIAL LOOK FROM UP TOP THERE, THE ARTIST AND RIVER THEATER, WE HAVE ANOTHER PACKED CROWD TONIGHT.>>Delaine: THAT’S RIGHT. AND UP NEXT IS STARBUCKS COMING AROUND. TRY TO GET GOING ON THE CHRISTMAS FACE DO TO FLOAT — CHRISTMAS FAIS DO DO FLOAT. A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLIDAY DANCING, YOU COULD SAY.>>Ernie: STARBUCKS HAS COMMITTED TO HIRING 25,000 MILITARY VETERANS AND SPOUSES. THEY PLAN TO DEDICATE 100 MORE MILITARY FAMILY STORES ACROSS THE U.S. BY 20 22.>>Delaine: YEAH, STARBUCKS PARTNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE RIDING ALONG THE FLOAT ALONG WITH THE FAMOUS MARCIA BELL. SHE’S A FIVE-TIME GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGER.>>Ernie: ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS, LOU ANN BARTON, NOT WITH US TONIGHT BUT WE’RE HEARING HER WONDERFUL VOICE TONIGHT AND WE ALL LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC. THIS IS I HEART RADIO.>>Delaine: THEY’VE BEEN OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS STATION PLAYING NOTHING BUT CHRISTMAS MUSIC ALL SEASON LONG. EVERY YEAR THEY HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CELEBRATE THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR PLAYING ALL YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS, SILVER BELLS, IT’S ALL CHRISTMAS MUSIC ALL THE TIME.>>Ernie: ALL THE BELLS. YES, SO, AGAIN, WE’RE HEARING LOU ANN BARTON’S RENDITION OF ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE. SHE IS AN AMERICAN BLUES SINGER BASED IN AUSTIN.>>Delaine: LET’S GO OVER TO CHRIS WITH ANOTHER GUEST. CHRIS?>>Chris: HEY, GUYS, I’VE GOT SOME ADORABLE KIDS HERE. MY NEW BEST FRIENDS. ARE WE EXCITED ABOUT SANTA CLAUS COMING? [CHEERING]>>Chris: HAS EVERYONE BEEN GOOD THIS YEAR?>>YES!>>Chris: AND YOUR NAME, YOUNG MAN?>>LIAM LOWEN STEIN.>>Chris: WHAT DO YOU WANT?>>A FISH TANK CLEANER.>>WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR? WHAT IS YOUR NAME?>>LEAH.>>WE’RE ALL SUPER PUMPED BECAUSE GUESS WHO’S COMING UP NEXT. IT’S SANTA CLAUS! HE’S RIGHT AFTER THI S.>>Ernie: WE STILL HAVE ONE MORE VERY IMPORTANT FLOAT TO GET TO HERE AS WE ROLL ON WITH THE 2019 FORD HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE, GET MYSELF SITUATED HERE.>>Delaine: THERE YOU GO, BIG GUY. UP NEXT IS THE MAN OF THE HOUR.>>Ernie: LET’S FACE IT, THAT’S WHO WE WANT TO SEE HERE TONIGHT.>>Delaine: THAT’S WHO ALL THE KIDS ARE WAITING FOR. THE BIG GUY HIMSELF. SANTA CLAUS IS RIGHT THERE, THE CLASSICS ARE NEW AGAIN IN SAN ANTONIO, THE HOLIDAYS ARE A FABULOUS TIME OF YEAR AS SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS COME FLOATING THROUGH. TEA CUPS AND TIARAS BROUGHT SANTA FROM THE NORTH POLE TO THE RIVERWALK, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST-VISITED LOCALES IN THE COUNTRY.>>Ernie: THIS IS THE SAN ANTONIO BARGE HERE, WHILE YOU’RE HERE IN OUR AREA YOU CAN EXPLORE OUR FIVE SPANISH MISSIONS, DESIGNATED A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, DISCOVER RUBY CITY, THE NEW ACCLAIMED CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, CHEF-DRIVEN CULINARY EXPERIENCES, IMPRESSIVE MURALS AT PEDRO CREEK CULTURE PARK AND THE EXPANSION OF HEMISFAIR PARK. LEARN MORE AT VISITSANANTONIO.COM.>>Delaine: SINGING HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS IS THE ICONIC GRAMMY WINNER AUGIE MEYERS. HE IS ONE OF THE TEXAS TORNADOES AND HAS CDS WITH BOB DYLAN, TOM WAITS AND GLEN CAMPBELL. HE JUST RETURNED FROM A EUROPEAN TOUR, WE INVITE YOU, ALL OF YOU, TO GET INSPIRED AT VISITSANANTONIO.COM. IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN HERE, NOW IS THE TIME TO COME.>>Ernie: YEAH, WE HEARD RICHARD OLIVER A SHORT TIME AGO, HE AND HIS CREW DO AN AMAZING JOB YEAR-ROUND. 39 MILLION VISITORS, SO MANY OF THEM COME TO SAN ANTONIO TO SEE THE LIGHTS OF RIVERWALK AND BE HERE, AND MAYBE ESCAPE SOME OF THE COLD WEATHER AROUND THE COUNTRY.>>Delaine: ABSOLUTELY. WE’VE GOT A LITTLE TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT WE HAVE ESPECIALLY DOWN HERE ALONG THE RIVERWALK. SAN ANTONIO IS A UNIQUE CITY, ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES. THE CULTURE, THE FOOD, THE MUSIC, THE ATMOSPHERE, THERE IS SOMETHING DEFINITELY SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PLACE.>>Ernie: I THINK THIS PARADE EXEMPLIFIES THAT, TOO. SO WE INVITE YOU TO GO TO THE USA TODAY WEBSITE AND VOTE FOR OUR PARADE TO BE NUMBER ONE. THIS IS THE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS THAT EVERYBODY GOT.>>Delaine: MINE’S A LITTLE SMOOSHED BUT I INTEND TO EAT IT.>>Ernie: ALL RIGHT. SO GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US TONIGHT, FOR CHRIS SUCHAN, DELAINE MATHEIU, I’M ERNIE ZUNIGA, WE WHICH ALL OF YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.>>Delaine: HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE. GOOD NIGHT. ♪MUSIC PLAYING The Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony was brought to you by Ford and your South Texas Ford Dealers Ford is the best in Texas. And presented by Visit San Antonio Find more Holiday Events and the city’s hidden gems at VisitSanAntonio.com Also presented by Krispy Kreme doughnuts – order your holiday dozen today. And by the San Antonio River Walk Association, visit TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com ♪MUSIC PLAYING

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