San Antonio Throws a Party
Every April the city of San Antonio celebrates the storied battles of The Alamo and San Jacinto with a citywide celebration known as Fiesta. Events include parades, parties, and live performances. Here are some photos of the city that highlight this year’s celebration:
The saying "Remember the Alamo" goes beyond the little mission itself. Fiesta commemorates the famous battle with a series of parades, parties, and other special events. Partygoers sport sashes, and local business and organizations give out specially-made, collectable pins.
During Fiesta, various civic groups place memorial wreaths on the grounds of The Alamo, which is located right downtown.
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
The convention center is located right downtown. Although it's currently undergoing a massive, multimillion-dollar renovation it remains open for business. Photo by SACVB/Al Rendon.
The Battle of the Flowers Parade
The Battle of the Flowers parade dates back to the early 19th century. Papier-mache floats are assembled in warehouses on the outskirts of the city weeks before the event.
Battle of the Flowers Floats
Parade floats range from the fanciful to the fantastical.
What better way to start the day in San Antonio than with a Texas-shaped (and sized!) waffle with butter and maple syrup?
Cascarones, like those made at Viola's Ventanas, are a twist on traditional Easter eggs that can be enjoyed year-round. Eggs are hollowed out and the shells are dyed and filled with tissue and confetti. Then there's the fun part: breaking these eggs over someone else's head. It's both a sign of affection and intended to bring about good luck.
The Riverwalk at Dusk
San Antonio's Riverwalk is justly famous for its leisurely boat cruises and riverside dining.
Mission San Jose
Mission San Jose was the largest Spanish mission built in the San Antonio area. The stone church, which is still home to a local parish, boasts elaborate stone carvings on its facade.
Inside the San Jose Mission
The interior of the mission is a place for peaceful contemplation.
Market Square Shops
You can buy just about anything in the shops in Market Square.
Market Square Entertainment
Tired of shopping? Market Square also boasts plenty of live entertainment, like mariachi bands, folkloric dancers, and puppet shows.
You can read more about hotels and meeting venues both downtown and along The Riverwalk in our June issue.
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