The 2016 King William Parade’s theme was “Geeks in the ‘Hood,” and we were honored by the presence of Michael Girdley (former resident and Fair Chair) as our Grand Marshal with his Geeky Honor Guard from Codeup (San Antonio’s premier coding boot camp), and Geekdom.  Many of the participating groups took up the theme in their own sometimes peculiarly geeky way: music geeks, art geeks, book geeks, history nerds, Guide Dog geeks. 

The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park had a presence and the Professional Tour Guides associated with the Missions had a stunning entry that represented the flowing San Antonio River and its rich riparian environment.  Thank you neighbors!

The Parade Team also gives a big THANK YOU to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Scout Troop.  A medical emergency occurred during the Parade, right by the Sheriff’s entry.  The Scouts were on the job, lending a hand, assisting the fallen photographer.  This emergency (which occurred in the best spot for help) couldn’t have been handled more efficiently.  Way to go, Explorer Scouts! 

SIP Creatives (check out their story on page 13) had an entry of dancers and celebrity look-alikes.  BUT – check this out – this year the Parade was filmed in virtual reality.  The film will be released in mid-June, so keep an eye out for more on this story.  Thank you SIP, the Parade’s newest in-kind sponsor.  This film will be a big promotion of the King William Parade, Fiesta and San Antonio. 

Last year we had meteorological challenges preceding the Parade.  This year the stars aligned in our favor and nearly everything was perfect.

- Sue Duffy, Chief Parade Wrangler