playing tourist: fiesta


April 20 2012

If you don’t live in SA [or Texas really] you probably have no idea what Fiesta is. Honestly I had no idea what it was until I moved here 3.5 years ago. Fiesta is a two week long celebration that literally shuts the entire city down. It originated in 1891 to honor those who fought at the Alamo, but now It’s more of a giant excuse to drink and party for EVERYONE in San Antonio. I mean kids get out of school and adults get a paid holiday during the Battle of Flowers parade. It’s that big of a deal. I’m not going to go into the history of the whole shebang because honestly, I’m still trying to figure that out myself. But what I do know is: there is a lot of drinking, loads of color, really big hats, a plethora of medals, a royal court, music and food galore, and something to do every night for the next two weeks. Think a more family appropriate Mardi Gras + Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival [but less crazy]. Oh and if you happen to live downtown [ahem like us] you won’t even be able to park at your own place of residence due to the thousands of San Antonians that will have taken over your neighborhood. I’m not really looking forward to that part, but I am excited about all of the amazing colors and traditions that a lot of native SAers have been preparing for all year.

This is actually a very small hat compared to most.

Don’t worry I will have cascarones at my wedding.

This is me last year at NIOSA [Night in Old San Antonio]

Last year was our first time to go to NIOSA [I know, blasphemy] but it wasn’t a very good experience. Imagine a herd of people elbow to elbow being shoved through a small village all while juggling food/beer of many nations. It was sticky and very claustrophobic. BUT we realized that we had went on the last Friday of Fiesta, so it was 99% our fault that we were miserable. This year we plan to go during the week, where it will still be a little crazy but not cattle drive crazy. We’re both very excited to be living downtown this year to be right in the action, and hopefully we’re still excited about it in two weeks ;)

Have you been to Fiesta? [If you live here I know you have..] What’s your favorite part? Did you get buckets of beer spilled on you? Are you still picking confetti out of your hair? If you’re an SA native do your parents have a zillion medals? I envy those people with their sashes and panchos filled with jingly trinkets.

Images from pinterest, eat drink chic, my iPhone.

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9 thoughts on “playing tourist: fiesta

  1. Kandyce

    As a San Antonian, although I don’t live in SA. I never miss a weekend fun of Oyster Bake, King William, NIOSA, and Fiesta Flambeau. I’ve lost a few medals over the years but I still have my sash and the ones on there.

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    the girl Reply:

    That’s awesome!! I’ve never been to Oyster Bake. It scares me! haha

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  2. Anonymous

    Ugh, I’ve never had a good experience with NIOSA. Don’t go on college night either!

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    the girl Reply:

    ohh good point. We have free tickets this year so I guess it won’t hurt to give it another chance. I’ll just be sure to wear gross clothes/shoes :(

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  3. Kate

    My college roommate was from SA, so we would go home every year with her for NIOSA and always had a blast. I wish I was going this year. Eat some extra puffy tacos for me (they’re my favorite)!!

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    the girl Reply:

    Maybe I just went on a bad night.. I will definitely have some puffy tacos, they’re my fave too! :)

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  4. Edwina

    Go to oyster bake for me. Do they really have a lot of oysters? When is the Flowers Parade?

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    the girl Reply:

    I heard Oyster Bake is kind of like Chili Fest.. A whole lot of drinking and no Chili lol we’ll see though. The parade is 4/27 at noon

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  5. Jessica B.

    Your post made me even more excited to come home!!! I haven’t been to Fiesta since I was a wee little high schooler.

    Unfortunately the only night I can do NIOSA will be on the last Friday….so hopefully I survive it! Weekdays are definitely a better strategy. T-minus one week and counting! :)

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