San Antonio, Texas
During the Christmas season, lighted candles are set in bags along the Paseo del Rio for the Fiesta de las Luminarios, lighting the way for the Holy Family.
Photo: Cuck Hatler
unused, from 1999
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Fiesta de las Luminarias, one of the most beautiful events of the winter holiday season, takes place on the River Walk where the river is lined with 7,000 luminarias (candle-lit, sand-filled bags) to light Mary and Joseph's path as they search for shelter on the night before Jesus' birth. The procession is a Mexican-American tradition and takes place on nine nights in December. The festival procession has been held on the River Walk for over 40 years.