Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta is ten days of pure celebration in San Antonio, Texas. The festivities include parades, carnivals, food, and parties for the entire city and its guests. Fiesta is renowned as one of the most outrageously good times in all of the nation. San Antonio shows it knows how to put on a good show and have a great time. Fiesta brings the entire city of San Antonio together for ten days and below are some of the events that make up this south Texas tradition.
Although Fiesta begins on Saturday with the investiture of King Antonio at the Alamo, many San Antonians view the beginning of Fiesta as the Fort Sam Houston fireworks show. Families gather around the Fort Sam parade grounds, the Botanical Gardens, or the San Antonio Country Club and enjoy what is perceived as the Fiesta kickoff. Getting the best view is easy as long as you're in the vicinity of Fort Sam Houston. The show begins after dark and lasts for almost an hour. Even if you're not there to see the fireworks show, the sound of the thunderous display is reminder enough that the best party in Texas has just begun.
NIOSA - Night in Old San Antonio
The ongoing carnival during Fiest a is NIOSA. There is more food and drink during this celebration than one can imagine. The party can get pretty rowdy and some of the participants need to be in taxi cabs instead of their cars so be careful when leaving the NIOSA carnival. This carnival is downtown in the historical districts of La Villita, King William, on the river, and around the Tower of The Americas. If you want a taste of food from anywhere in the world, the NIOSA food booths are organized in areas that give visitors a taste of almost any ethnic food they want from around the world.
Battle Of Flowers Parade
One of the largest parades in the country, organized entirely by San Antonio women. Battle of Flowers Parade
Texas Cavaliers River Parade
The River Parade is the only one of its kind and occurs right here in San Antonio on the first Monday night of Fiesta. River barges are converted into parade floats and the floats move down the river with an estimated 200,000 something spectators. Hotel rooms facing the river are rented for families and parties looking to watch this spectacular water-borne parade. Restaurants along the river parade route are sold out for viewers who also get to enjoy a meal.
Fiesta Flambeau Parade
The Fiesta Flambeau night parade, or the "peoples parade" is just that, a parade at night. Actually, it's the largest illuminated night parade in America, as it's been called. Occurring on the last Saturday of Fiesta, the Flambeau parade draws around 500,000 Fiesta-goers and parade watchers for a 150 float, 2 hour long Fiesta event. The crowd is filled with flashlights and neon jewelry. Parade vendors offer food and lots of beverages which can lead to a little rowdiness. But for the most part, it's all good clean fun. The Fiesta Flambeau Parade is unique and never lasts more than two hours.
The Cornyation is a popular Fiesta event taking a satirical view of San Antonio and its prominent social hierarchy, politicians and other aspects of the city. Cornyation has its own king, King Anchovy who rules over the wildly hilarious show while the rowdy audience has a few drinks and throws tortillas. While very funny and entertaining, Cornyation may not be the best Fiesta event for children.