Fiesta is beginning it’s many festivities with various events starting on Wednesday, April 19. At the Witte Museum, an Annual Fiesta Exhibition is available from 10 am-5 pm. Here, the Alamo Creation gowns will be on display featuring a gown worn by Princess of the Glory in the 1993 Court. This specific design was the inspiration for the Witte’s 2012 Fiesta pin, available in the museum store.
“I saw the exhibit one time-the dresses were gorgeous!” senior Baylie Braverman said.
Fiesta de Carnival, at the Alamodome, is an event that appeals to the entire family with rides, music, and games. Some of the rides include ferris wheels, zippers, dumbo, and the super slide for the little ones. The carnival never fails to book the most popular Latin bands of the year. Adults and children can dance to Banda, Cumbia, and Nortena songs. Dance contests and games for the crowd to participate in for valuable prizes are being organized.
“My favorite part of Fiesta has always been the carnival. I’m really looking forward to going again this year,” Braverman said.
The Oyster Bake, one of the more popular Fiesta events, is taking place on April 20 at St. Mary’s University. Its purpose is to raise money for the university’s student scholarship and alumni programs. Visitors often come to enjoy classic Fiesta favorites such as chili cheese dogs, chicken on a stick, malt beverages, roasted corn, and, of course, fried oysters.
“The Oyster Bake last year was really fun. The food was so good!,” junior Jordan Wunsch said.
The Battle of Flowers Parade is the oldest and largest parade of Fiesta San Antonio, attracting crowds of over 350,000. Each year, nine floats are dedicated to public high schools from around the city with their student leaders, band, pep squad, and cheerleaders. In keeping with the parade-honoring the heroes of the Alamo-participants place a floral tribute on the lawn as they pass the Alamo. Each float is decorated with brightly colored flowers, extravagant costumes, and beautiful dresses worn by the year’s royalty.
“I actually didn’t even know what fiesta was until I moved to San Antonio,” Senora Ingersoll said. “‘I’m going to the Battle of Flowers this year with my grandmother, though.”