Fiesta San Antonio Fun Facts
In 1891, a group of women decided to hold a parade to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo and to commemorate the victory at the Battle of San Jacinto. The procession featured horse-drawn carriages decorated with flowers, bicycles adorned with fresh blossoms and floats carrying children costumed as flowers. The participants threw flowers at each other, thus The Battle of Flowers Parade was born. This one-day parade has grown and evolved into an annual 11-day, multi-event celebration of the diverse culture and rich heritage of San Antonio – Fiesta San Antonio!
For 2017, Fiesta will be held April 20-30. But before heading out to enjoy the big party, here are a few fun facts to know:
The Battle of Flowers Parade is the only parade in the U.S. that is organized and directed completely by women.
Cascarones, decorated and hollowed out eggshells filled with confetti, can be seen all over Fiesta. Having a cascarone cracked open and confetti poured on your head is said to bring good luck!
It’s a tradition for San Antonions to adorn themselves with as many Fiesta medals as possible. You’ll see attendees proudly wearing medals pinned to sashes and hats during Fiesta.
Don’t Rain On Our Parade
Rainy weather can certainly put a damper on festivities, so a Rain Rock is hung on a tree next the NIOSA (A Night In Old San Antonio) event headquarters on the first Monday of Fiesta to ensure clear skies.
Cornyation is known to be the loud, bawdy uncle of Fiesta events. King Anchovy, crowned by the Cornyation committee, presides over hilarious shows that parody Fiesta’s pageantry and poke fun at local and national politicians, celebrities and events.
To find grande savings and to enter for a chance to win festival prizes, go to Valpak.com/Fiesta.