For the past 120 years, Fiesta San Antonio has honored the memory of heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. In recent years, Fiesta has grown also to honor San Antonio’s diverse cultures. Now, with more than 100 authentic events, Fiesta is the ideal time to experience the warmth, beauty and story of San Antonio.
Take a look at this Texas-sized sampling of Fiesta events:
The Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade (April 11) features illuminated floats light up a majestic spring evening. The Battle of Flowers Parade (April 15), the event that kicked off the first Fiesta in 1891, is still a favorite today. The Fiesta Flambeau Parade (April 16), one of the largest illuminated parades in the nation, is a colorful evening event filled with dancers, bands, horses and light-adorned floats.
From April 12-15, San Antonio’s culture takes center stage at A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA). La Villita (San Antonio’s original settlement established by Spanish soldiers stationed at the Alamo) is the site of this four-night festival celebrating the city’s heritage. There are also many elegant affairs during Fiesta celebrating the event’s more official royalty, including the Investiture of King Antonio LXXXIX (April 9) and the Coronation of the Queen of The Order of the Alamo (April 13).
The enchanting Mariachi Mass (April 9) blends a traditional Catholic service with the regional sounds of mariachi music for an uplifting event at San Fernando Cathedral.
Immerse yourself in the lyrical art of the region. Local masterpieces will be on display throughout the city at a variety of exhibits and events
For a complete list of events, go to www.fiesta-sa.org. Also see www.visitsanantonio.com for a complimentary San Antonio Travel & Leisure Guide or call 800-ALAMO-07.