Today is the start of the 10 day annual party in San Antonio known as Fiesta. It has been a tradition for decades. It celebrates the Battle of San Jacinto, a battle with the Mexicans after the debacle at the Alamo, where the Texians beat the Mexican army and won Texas independence from Mexico.
Over the ten days, there are many events that comprise Fiesta. Today is the opening day of Fiesta. Tomorrow there will be a parade on the river in the evening, barges decorated according to a theme. There is an oyster bake at one of the universities this weekend. The Zulu Society sponsors “A Taste of New Orelans” at the Sunken Gardens. There is Fiesta Especial which is held at an amusement park built specifically for people with disabilities. There will be two weekends of traditional Mexican charreadas, which are Mexican rodeos are display riding skill of both girls and boys. For five nights, there is A Night in Old San Antonio in the oldest part of the city where there are bands and food, food, and more food. There is a carnival. There is Fiesta de los Niños, a special time for children. The old German district, the King William district, has events and open houses. There is a Festival of Arts and Crafts, and folk dancing as well.
The second, and largest parade, called the Battle of Flowers Parade is held next Friday. The city basically shuts down for this parade; schools are closed; offices are closed. The queen and her court ride on floats with their elaborate costumes that take a year to embrodier. The cape alone sometime weigh 50 pounds. The last event of Fiesta is an evening parade next Saturday. It is the largest illuminated parade in the country.
Fiesta has something for everyone to enjoy. One of the Fiesta traditions is to crack cascarones on people’s heads. These are egg shells with the eggs blown out of them, dried, and filled with confetti, and covered with tissue paper. We also use them at birthdays, Easter, and other special occasions but they are a staple at Fiesta.
Fiesta is San Antonio’s biggest party. Come on down to have some fun! ¡Viva Fiesta!
This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.