Every year students and faculty enjoy one Friday off in April to celebrate the uniquely San Antonian holiday of Battle of Flowers.
This year Fiesta San Antonio was extended from eleven to seventeen days as not to conflict with Easter and the party has been in full swing. There will be no school Friday, Apr. 25 to recognize this city-wide festival. Senior Jonathan Aragon has plans to be one of the first at the Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday.
“Me, my step-dad, grandma and cousin are going to reserve our seats for the [Battle of Flowers] parade on Thursday night,” Jonathan Aragon, 12, said. “We don’t camp out downtown every year so this will be a cool experience.”
William Willingham, freshman, doesn’t spend the night downtown, but does attend the Battle of Flowers Parade with his family every year.
“My favorite part of Fiesta is going to the parades and going to other activities downtown,” William Willingham, 9, said. “Last year, I got to see my sister march with the band in the parade. I can’t wait I get a chance to be in parade.”
This year no Mac organizations will officially be apart of the parade, but that didn’t stop Spanish Club from celebrating this time of year. Krystal George, President of Spanish Club, does not usually celebrate Fiesta with her own family, but always enjoys Fiesta themed activities with Spanish Club.
“Last week we made cascarones” Krystal George, 11, said. “It was fun painting and decorating them. Definitely my favorite activity.”
Though this weekend marks the conclusion of Fiesta celebrations, it is not too late to participate, even if it is your first time. People are still welcome to attend the the King William Fair, the Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade, and ongoing events like NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio).