The Crossroads of Texas Living History Association and Presidio La Bahía will stage a re-enactment of the occupation of the fort under the command of Col. James Walker Fannin and the subsequent Goliad Massacre that claimed the lives of Fannin and 341 of his men on the morning of Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836.
The event has been held annually for nearly three decades and has become a favorite of the public. Last year, more than 4,500 people were in attendance and included visitors from countries around the world. Many schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and families alike will attend so that all can experience the unique re-enactment and celebration of Texas history.
Throughout Saturday, battles will take place around the fort. There will be the sound of musket fire and cannon roar, and the air will be full of black powder smoke. The re-enactors will be dressed in attire specific to the period of the Texas Revolution. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit with re-enactors and ask them about the roles they are reliving as well as attend lectures in the 234-year-old Our Lady of Loreto Chapel.
Saturday evening, candlelight tours will be conducted through the barracks, the Mexican officers’ quarters, and there will be a hospital scene in the chapel where Texian prisoners will be held.
On Sunday, the death march will begin inside the presidio walls and proceed to one of the sites where the massacre actually took place. The program will conclude with a memorial service that will begin in the chapel and be followed by a procession to the Fannin Monument.
Daily admission is $4 for ages 12-59, $3.50 for ages 60 and older, and $1 for children ages 6-11. For children five years old or younger, there will be no charge. Tickets to the candlelight tour can be purchased with admission for an additional $2 per person.
For information, call 361-645-3752 or visit www.presidiolabahia.org.