Dancer performs at 1999 Fiesta San Antonio Photo courtesy Fiesta San Antonio Commission
Fiesta San Antonio
In 1891, a group of San Antonio women decided to
hold an event to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of
San Jacinto. Rounding up horse-drawn carriages and decorating them
with flowers, the ladies circled the Alamo and pelted one another
with blossoms in a mock "Battle of the Flowers." The simple "flower
parade" evolved into an annual event and one of America's great
festivals. This ten-day celebration of the city's richly diverse
heritage and culture is held every April. The largest, oldest, and
longest-running festival of its type in Texas, it draws more than
three million people to its carnivals, parades, pageants, military
ceremonies, exhibits, concerts, dances, sporting events, and food
feasts. The project is documented with color slides and
photographs, an official program from the 1999 Fiesta, and the book
A Century of Fiesta in San Antonio.
Originally submitted by: Ciro D. Rodriguez, Representative (28th District).
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