It’s Fiesta month!
Fiesta began in 1891 as a one-parade event in San Antonio, and today, it consists of many festivals, events, and parades taking place around the city over a couple of weeks. Fiesta is a celebration of San Antonio’s myriad of cultures and commemoration of historic heroes. This year, Fiesta events lasted from April 10th to April 27th.
One of the most popular Fiesta events is A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA). NIOSA is a four-day event that takes place in the downtown village of La Villita, which has fifteen cultural areas that represent the early immigrants that settled in the San Antonio area. Each cultural area provides unique food, drinks, entertainment, and goods specific to the culture.
NIOSA is always a spectacular sight to see. There are crowds of people wearing elaborate hats and headbands, and there are brightly-colored wreaths and decorations everywhere. Cascarones (confetti-filled eggshells) are also sold throughout the event area, and people typically break the cascarones over people’s heads in good-spirited fun.
There is a variety of food and drinks to choose from, too, and some popular choices include the preparada, a fruit cocktail with chamoy, chili lime, and fresh fruits, and Mr. Chicken’s skewered fried chicken with a jalapeño.
Overall, there are over 100 Fiesta events that take place each April. Attending the events is a great way to enjoy yourself, learn something about the history of San Antonio, and help raise money for different local organizations.