Fiesta San Antonio Kicks Off With 18 Days of Culture, Charity and Fun

Krystal Jones |


                                                                                                             On April 10, the streets of San Antonio will begin to fill with music, confetti and fun for Fiesta® San Antonio. This year, the 123-year-old festival boasts 100 events, 52 stages, 35 concerts, 33 food events and 14 parades – all packed within 18 days.

Fiesta offers visitors and locals alike an opportunity to fully immerse in San Antonio’s rich and diverse culture, history, tradition and heritage. Traditionally 11 days long, Fiesta 2014 extends to 18 days to incorporate Easter, providing visitors plenty of time to book a stay at a hotel, resort or bed & breakfast to join the city in merriment.

Beginning in 1891 with The Battle of Flowers Parade, an all-woman organized parade to honor the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, Fiesta has grown to incorporate more than 100 local nonprofit organizations and more than 75,000 volunteers – making it a real Texas-sized festival. Even better, Fiesta-goers give back to the San Antonio community with their event attendance, as the funds raised by official events provide community services throughout the year.

The fun continues after Fiesta events as many San Antonio hotels offer enticing Fiesta packages for the festive traveler. A sampling of Fiesta hotel experiences include:

  • The Crockett Hotel’s “Cray Cray” Fiesta package: prepares guests to let loose and Viva Fiesta with a welcome goodie bag with souvenirs and a recovery kit, two welcome drinks in Ernie’s Bar, an enhanced continental breakfast and free Wifi.
  • The Hilton Palacio del Rio’s NIOSA package: offers guests a memorable night in La Villita with two tickets to NIOSA, two Hilton Palacio del Rio 2014 commemorative Fiesta medals, breakfast for two in The River's Edge Café, complimentary parking and a Fiesta welcome basket.
  • The Marriott Riverwalk and Marriott Rivercenter: gets Fiesta goers into the spirit with two NIOSA tickets combined with deluxe hotel accommodations.
  • The Omni La Mansion del Rio’s Fiesta package: includes a signature La Mansion margarita, daily breakfast and general admission ticket to NIOSA per registered guest as well as complimentary valet parking and luxurious guestroom accommodations.
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For visitors who aren’t familiar with Fiesta, below is a sampling of events that they can only experience while in San Antonio:
The River Walk is always a San Antonio favorite, but come Fiesta, it’s also the best place to sit back and enjoy the Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade (April 21), as illuminated floats light up a majestic spring evening. And don’t miss the Battle of Flowers Parade (April 25), this event kicked off the first Fiesta in 1891, and is still a family favorite. The Battle of Flowers draws in crowds of more than 350,000 with beautifully decorated floats and musical performances. Want more? The Fiesta Flambeau Parade (April 26), one of the largest illuminated parades in the nation, is a colorful evening event filled with dancers, bands, horses and light-adorned floats. And we can’t forget about the Fiesta Pooch Parade (April 26). Dog lovers from all over bring their best friends to this family oriented event, which winds its way through the lovely tree-lined streets of Alamo Heights in a 5K. There’s even a canine costume contest.
From April 22-25, San Antonio’s cultural roots take center stage at A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA). La Villita, San Antonio’s original settlement established by Spanish soldiers stationed at the Alamo, is the site of this four-night festival celebrating the city’s heritage with 15 cultural zones, comprised of over 240 food and drink booths and more than a dozen entertainment stages.
The music and dance of Brazil and the Caribbean during Incognito (April 12), an adventurous “carnaval-style” masked ball that takes place on the first evening of Fiesta. Attendees can enter San Antonio’s most imaginative costume contest, with winners crowned "Fiesta Royalty" and rewarded with cash prizes. There are also many other elegant affairs during Fiesta celebrating the event’s more official royalty, including the Investiture of King Antonio (April 19) and the Coronation of the Queen of The Order of the Alamo (April 23).
The enchanting Mariachi Festival fills the evenings of April 22-25 with high school, college and professional mariachi groups as they serenade River Walk guests from colorful floats cruising along the Paseo del Rio.
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