Our City, Our History: The Origins of Fiesta

(SBG San Antonio photo)

This week kicks off a special time in San Antonio -- Fiesta!

Fiesta began in 1891 to honor heroes of the Alamo and the battle of San Jacinto. Women in horse drawn carriages held a parade around Alamo Plaza and threw flowers at each other. This was the very first "battle of flowers" -- which would later grow into Fiesta -- and it grew quickly.

With more and more events, within just a few years it was already a week long, including royalty, a carnival and more parades.

In 1941, the Texas Cavaliers started the River Parade. And in 1947, the first Rey Feo was crowned. The next year, the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, or the "night parade," began. Fiesta has now grown to a 10-day celebration with plenty of official festivities to check out.

We're proud to sponsor events like Fiesta de Los Reyes, a free ten day celebration in Market Square featuring Tejano favorites like Javier Galvan and Jay Perez.

To check out more fiesta events, click here.

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