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Fiesta San Antonio 2013

In 1891 a group of San Antonio women decorated horse-drawn carriages, paraded in front of the Alamo and pelted each other with flower blossoms. This Battle of Flowers parade was organized to honor the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. 121 years later, Fiesta has grown to a ten day festival with hundreds of events taking place on the river and in the streets of downtown from April 19 -29.

Hotel Havana and Ocho are perfectly situated amidst the Fiesta events. The hotel will decorate its doors with traditional Fiesta wreaths, and we have our second annual Fiesta medals for sale for collectors (learn more about the traditions of Fiesta here). Executive Chef Toby Soto has added a selection of antojitos and cocktails to the menu in celebration. Don't miss a chance to experience a very unique San Antonio cultural event - visit the Fiesta website to learn more.

Fiesta Menu:
Sandia - vodka, fresh muddled watermelon, sugar, soda
Tequila Julep - tequila, fresh muddled mint, sugar, soda
Havana Sweet Papa Picadillo - miniature sweet potato balls filled with seasoned ground beef, coated in bread crumbs and fried, served with salsa roja
Achiote Pork Empanadas - served with salsa verde
Tostones - twice fried plantains served with roasted tomato garlic aioli

A Few Fiesta Highlights

  • Saturday and Sunday, April 20 - 21: The Southwest School of Art hosts the Fiesta Arts Fair. Take a short walk from Hotel Havana to the gorgeous SSA Campus for a day of arts and crafts from over 100 vendors, regional food and live music.
  • Monday, April 22: Get a front row seat at Ocho for the Texas Cavaliers River Parade floats as they line up to start the river procession. Parade starts at 7 pm so come early for best viewing.
  • April 23-25: One of the most popular Fiesta events, Cornyation at the Majestic Theater is billed as "the raunchiest, cheapest event at Fiesta." The irreverent performances poke fun at pretty much everyone.
  • Friday, April 26: The Battle of Flowers Parade, the only event of its kind produced entirely by women volunteers, overtakes the streets of downtown from 12:30 to 4 pm to honor the heroes of the Alamo with floats, performances and the ceremonial placement of a floral tribute outside the Alamo.

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