Fiesta San Antonio

Wednesday, April 22, 2015




When people hear San Antonio, Texas they probably think of two things: The Riverwalk & the Alamo. Yeah these things are important but what you should really think of when you hear my hometown is Fiesta.

Fiesta is this huge celebration that takes place every year to honor and remember the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1891 when the whole hoopla first officially began, it was nothing more than a parade called the Battle of Flowers. But since then, it's grown exponentially. It's now 10 days of beer-drinking, food-tasting, flower crowns, cascarones, and very pretty papel picado.


Fiesta San Antonio
papel picado: literally means pierced paper: traditional way of decorating for celebrations and used as art.


Fiesta San Antonio
cascarones: egg shells filled with confetti meant to be broken on people's heads.

Fiesta San Antonio
fiesta flower crowns: made from tissue paper and totally awesome. Via: Events That Sparkle


As the main event, the Battle of Flowers is still the largest parade within Fiesta. It is the only parade in the nation that is planned and directed entirely by women volunteers. This parade has become such a huge part of our lives that schools and most businesses close, treating the day as a holiday.

Fiesta San Antonio


Over the years they've added two other parades to the lineup: The Texas Cavaliers River Parade, which you guessed it - takes place on the Riverwalk.


Fiesta San Antonio
Via: Stone Creek Homes


And The Flambeau Parade which is the nation's largest illuminated night parade. My dad and my brother have walked the route the last three years with the Boy Scouts.


Fiesta San Antonio
Via: San Antonio Magazine

Along with these parades there are over 100 official Fiesta events and even more unofficial events that take place within the city. It's estimated that three million people take part in the various festivities and that the city rakes in about 280 million dollars.

It has also become a tradition to collect various Fiesta medals and pins. These medals are updated every year and sold to people who want to wear or collect them.

Fiesta San Antonio



Fiesta San Antonio


If you're interested in seeing what this Fiesta thing is all about you can watch from home! Just go to KSAT.com to watch the parades live!


The Battle of Flowers will take place on Friday around 12:30pm CST.

The Flambeau Parade will take place on Saturday around 6:30pm CST.


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7 comments

  1. I also identify it with some of the best Mexican food ;)

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  2. I always enjoy the colors of fiesta!

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  3. What a fun celebration. We haven't been to San Antonio in a few years but I'm dying to go back, it's so beautiful there.

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  4. SA is fun any time of year but Fiesta really is something else. Hopefully you'll get to visit again soon.

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  5. Oh how fun! Yeah Fiesta can get pretty crazy. Definitely have to be ready and not set on going back home so soon. Perhaps next year you'll get to see all the craziness firsthand.

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  6. Oh yes! There is nothing I love more than a gordita. Mmmm. And roasted corn and tacos. I love food so much.

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  7. Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve.April 24, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    This looks like so much fun!! All those pretty colors make my heart go pitter patter!

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