It's been a tradition every fiesta to have a grand parade. Close down Evangelista street and show the solidarity of the Parish of San Ildefonso.
The Parish is formed by parts of Bangkal, Pio del Pilar and San Isidro. I remeber when I was active in Church I always miss the parade since I need to be in Church at 8 am for Catechism.
Today's parade was shorter than expected with the Binays not even showing up. The Binays are a known patron of the Parish and have donated millions of pesos already.
The actual fest day of San Ildefonso is January 23 where in a relic (first class) and antique statues (from the 1600) are taken out and paraded but surely this so called administrative day is way watched.
Also during the fiesta there are amateur contests where the occasional celebrities show up. There is now a Chef Challenge contest, and even a Car Show. There is still the tiburin (horse race) and the serenata (battle of the Marching bands).
Most of the bands featured are not from here sadly.