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San Antonio loves Fiesta culture throughout history

By Camelia Juarez, Jon Salazar, Ashley Moreno, Randy Davila

Fiesta takes place every year in San Antonio during April to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It originated in the 1891 flower parade conceived by Ellen Maury Slayden, wife of Congressman James L. Slayden. Taking place over 11 days each April, Fiesta has events for everyone with more than 110 events ranging from music, food, sports and pageantry to military and patriotic observances, exhibits, parades, fiesta royalty and more.

Fiesta is the “Party with a Purpose” because more than 100 local nonprofit organizations and military units create more than 100 events. Those nonprofit organizations spend the rest of the year giving back to the community of San Antonio.

Fiesta at Hemisfair is a fusion of arts, heritage and culture. There’s live music on a main-stage, fiesta medals to barter for, a kid-friendly atmosphere, locally made arts and crafts, and tasty creations from San Antonio’s culinary talents.

Fiesta features historical parties such as NIOSA, which stands for Night In Old San Antonio, that highlights the variety of cultures who have made San Antonio home.

The crowning of El Rey Feo dates back medieval Spain. El Rey Feo represents the people’s king because ordinary citizens found greatness in hard work and education, which in their mind was better than birthright. The citizens chose “ugly king” to make light of their minor rebellion against the opulent king overseas. Today, the crowning brings us together for the similar reasons, such as raising scholarship money for local San Antonio students.

Every year, the city of San Antonio holds a city-wide block party celebrating the birth of the city.  The ten day long celebration if filled with many events, big and small. Events such as Fiesta Oyster Bake and Night Out in Old San Antonio generate a very large crowds and are often thought of the events to attend.  Fiesta, as a whole, is a party with a purpose. A lot of the profits benefits local charities and organization to build up the community while having a good time. Fiesta is one of those events that make the large city of San Antonio feel like a close community.  Everyone is family during the time of the festivities and Fiesta lets the people connect with the city in a way that cannot be replicated.

Audio Story by Randy Davila

Video story by Jon Salazar

Video story by Ashley Moreno

Photo story by Camelia Juarez

Graphic by Jon Salazar

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