Fiesta San Antonio

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San Antonio, Fiesta

Ten days including April 21
The Fiesta San Antonio is a 10-day extravaganza of events held since 1901 in San Antonio, Tex., including San Jacinto Day, April 21. The fiesta celebrates the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto that won Texas' independence from Mexico, and is much more than a simple independence celebration. The distinctive highlight of the fiesta is the Battle of Flowers Parade alongside the Alamo. Merrymakers originally pelted each other with flowers, but now people crush cascarones, decorated eggshells filled with confetti, on each others' heads. Another focal event is "A Night in Old San Antonio," which actually goes on for four nights, bringing thousands into La Villita—"the little town," the earliest residential area of the city, now restored—for block dancing and more than 200 booths selling all kinds of ethnic foods. Some 150 other events include concerts, flower and fashion shows, sporting events, art fairs, a charreada (Mexican rodeo), dances and pageants with people in lavish costume, torchlit floats in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, and decorated barges in the San Antonio River Parade.
CONTACTS:
Fiesta San Antonio Commission
2611 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78215
877-723-4378 or 210-227-5191; fax: 210-227-1139
www.fiesta-sa.org
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20540
202-707-5510; fax: 202-707-2076
www.loc.gov
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 186
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