Thousands took to San Antonio’s downtown streets Friday to catch a glimpse of the 126th annual Battle of Flowers Parade.
The free event was one of hundreds that are taking place across the city during Fiesta.
While they take mere seconds to crack over the heads of loved ones, cascarones are products of hours of work that spans nearly an entire year.
Tourism and hospitality workers are a pivotal part of the behind-the-scenes work that makes Fiesta come alive. Without them, Fiesta would not be possible.
The show that evolved over the decades into a lavishly costumed stage production lampooning politicians and pop culture is the subject of a new book by Amy Stone titled Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition.
This year, the fair will celebrate its 50th anniversary and feature 200 arts and crafts vendors, 50 food vendors, and 45 entertainment acts.
Several San Antonio school districts have filed the necessary paperwork to make STAAR testing an official Fiesta event, “FieTESTa.”
Although San Antonio’s 2018 Tricentennial celebration is nearly two years away, planning efforts and partnerships are already underway, as such a historic event calls for detailed logistics as well as holistic programming that tells the city’s history in a complete and multi-faceted way.
The Cortez family knows how to throw a fiesta.