The streets of San Antonio are filling with music, confetti and fun for Fiesta® San Antonio. Kicking off today and ending on April 26, the 124-year-old festival boasts more than 110 events, 52 stages, 35 concerts, 33 events and 14 parades – with many of the proceeds going to charities.
San Antonio kicks off Fiesta with 11 days of culture, charity and fun. With more than 110 events, 52 stages, 35 concerts, 33 food events and 14 parades, Fiesta has something for every visitor. (PRNewsFoto/San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Beginning in 1891 with The Battle of Flowers Parade, an all-woman organized parade to honor the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, Fiesta has grown to incorporate more than 75,000 volunteers – making it a real Texas-sized festival. Fiesta offers visitors and locals alike the opportunity to fully immerse in San Antonio’s rich and diverse culture, history, tradition and heritage.
Here is a small sampling of Fiesta’s many authentic events:
- Texas Cavaliers River Parade (April 20): Each year hundreds of thousands of people line the banks of the San Antonio river to view the most unusual parade in America. This parade features more than 40 festively decorated floats sponsored by local community organizations and military installations.
- Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA) (April 21 – 24): Each year the historic downtown village of La Villita takes center stage as 85,000 visitors gather for four nights to celebrate the city’s unique heritage. More than 250 elaborately decorated food and drink booths and more than a dozen nonstop entertainment stages represent the diverse cultures and customs of San Antonio in 15 heritage-themed areas.
- Battle of Flowers Parade (April 24): Glittering in the Texas sunshine, this parade thrills thousands of spectators along the streets of downtown with awe-inspiring sights and sounds. This year celebrates the parade’s time-honored tradition with “This Land is Your Land,” highlighting the beauty of the United States of America and American heritage.
- Fiesta Flambeau Parade (April 25): This illuminated parade lights up the streets of downtown San Antonio on a 2.6 mile route. As the evening turns to night, the parade fills with spectacular lights and sounds from an average of 150 parade entries. Many entries include local bands, dance group sand floats, in addition to international marching groups.
- Fiesta Pooch Parade (April 25): Dog lovers from all over bring their best friends to this family oriented event, which winds its way through the lovely tree-lined streets of Alamo Heights. There’s even a canine costume contest that all registered dogs can enter.
- King William Fair (April 25): The 48th King William Fair is a family fair with art and craft vendors, live music and dance on four stages, food and beverage booths, a Kids Kingdom play area and a small but quirky parade – all on the street of the historic King William neighborhood, with its stately homes and gracious gardens.
The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, a department of the City of San Antonio, is funded through the hotel/motel occupancy tax. The bureau is a marketing, sales and service organization dedicated to the promotion of San Antonio as a meetings and visitor destination for the purpose of positively affecting the city’s economy.