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Costumed dancer performs at 1999 Fiesta
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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