SAN ANTONIO -- Nearly 150,000 San Antonians secured spots downtown on Friday night to see the River Walk sparkle with holiday cheer.

The city has been decking out the River Walk in Christmas lights every holiday season for 31 years. And as expected, the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony was a sell out.

Organizers said they sold the last of the 12,000 ticketed seats along the river at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

This years parade featured nearly 30 floats with 150,000 lights on the barges alone.

Last year, the city converted 85,000 incandescent holiday lights to more than 1.76 million light-emitting diode (LED) lights. The enhanced lighting allows the city to use 20 times more lights on the River Walk while still using less and half the energy than the incandescent lights.

While the LED lights have received mixed reviews from spectators, the squirrels seem to love them. Last year, the city reported that squirrels were gnawing on the new light, causing some strands to go dim.

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