A few friends from Texas put together a Girls Weekend to San Antonio. Unbeknownst to us, our trip coincided with “Fiesta”. If you aren’t familiar with “Fiesta” here is a bit of the background….
The first Battle of Flowers
By 1890, San Antonio, Texas, was a thriving trade center with population of 38,000. In 1891 a group of citizens decided to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto with a Battle of Flowers.
The first parade had horse-drawn carriages, bicycles decorated with fresh flowers and floats carrying children dressed as flowers. The Belknap Rifles represented the military. The participants pelted each other with blossoms.
The Battle of Flowers Parade is the only one in the country to be planned and directed completely by women. Today it’s the largest parade in Fiesta. It’s second in size nationally only to the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Fiesta becomes a San Antonio tradition
The Battle of Flowers was an immediate success. Within a few years, more events were taking place on or near April 21—a carnival, balls and coronations of “royalty.” The Fiesta tradition had been born. Other early events included street dancing, children’s fetes, a Trades Display Parade and an orphans party. Fiesta has taken place every year except for 1918 during World War I and 1942 through 1945.
In a nutshell..it’s one hell of a party! Young and old alike line the streets for the parades, the ladies wear crowns made of paper flowers and ribbons, and fun is had by all!! The ladies who put the trip together couldn’t have picked a better weekend to introduce me to San Antonio. Here are a few parade pics, the Alamo at Night, the Riverwalk, and (of course) food/drinks!
This German Deli located in the heart of downtown San Antonio has been serving authentic German cuisine since 1917. Schilo’s is one of the oldest continually operated restaurants in the State of Texas. Housed in an old mercantile exchange building dating back to the 1800’s, Schilo’s embodies that time in San Antonio when the majority of the citizens were of German decent. The exchange’s vault is now their walk-in refrigerator. Old signage, postcards and tile floor continue the German theme throughout the deli.
They are known worldwide for their famous homemade Root Beer, Split Pea Soup, Reuben Sandwiches, Hot Mustard and Weekly Specials.
The Reuben was delicious, especially topped with their homemade spicy mustard! The mustard had just enough heat to clear a head cold!!! Loved it!!! And the Root Beer Float…..no words…except slurp and ahhhhhhh!!!
We had a great time and I can’t wait to see all those lovely ladies again!