These last two weeks, San Antonio celebrated Fiesta for the 125th year. Fiesta San Antonio is an event that started as a one-parade event to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto. Since 1891, it evolved from one parade to two weeks of celebrations, competitions, and festivals.
This last weekend, I was able to catch the end of Fiesta with my mom and one of her best friends. We headed down to San Antonio and attended the Battle of Flowers parade Friday. The parade lasted about five hours, and it was full of fun! There were trick horses, several high school and college bands, large balloons, and floats that were fully covered with decorations. Some floats had royalty, who were winners for coronations and other contests. Their gowns were elegant with hand-beaded trains. It was spectacular!
Of course, I had to get a cup of cucumbers. I was introduced to them my first year of Fiesta, and I continue to get them every time I come. The cucumbers are soaked in pickle juice, sliced into spears, and then topped with Trechas salt and Chamoy. It is a great snack, especially when you are looking for something refreshing on the streets of San Antonio.
After the parade, we went to Fiesta San Fernando and then walked the Riverwalk. We had to stop at Boudros or some tableside guacamole. It is one of my favorites!
My mom and her friend continued Fiesta events the remainder of the weekend. They attended Flambeau, the night parade, and a few other events.
When it is time for you to plan your next trip, I highly recommend planning your next trip to Texas during Fiesta. Viva Fiesta!