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San Antonio: The Heart of Texas (c. 1975)

Kathryn L. Rhoads

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  •  When the ad agency and SA Convention and Visitors Bureau staff went to LA to do the voice over for this video, narrator Ricardo Montalbon did the whole film in only 1 take! 
  •  The Spanish built dams, bridges and missions along the San Antonio River 
  •  The Alamo 
  •  San Antonio's beautiful River Walk and skyline 
  •  Historic governor's palace 
  •  Early German settlers left their mark on King William's Street 
  •  Spanish, German, Mexican Irish, and many other cultures have blended over the centuries in San Antonio 
  •  San Antonio's Institute of Texas Cultures (folk life festival) celebrates diverse Texas cultures with song, dance, and food 
  •  Fiestas and parades 
  •  Miniature railroad rides in Brackenridge Park 
  •  Skyrides over gardens 
  •  The San Antonio Zoo - one of America's largest zoos 
  •  Sports are big in San Antonio - soccer, lacrosse, basketball, especially the San Antonio Spurs, and even polo 
  •  Vaqueros brought civilization to Texas on horseback 
  •  February is Stock Show and Rodeo time 
  •  Mexican charreadas - master horseman display their skills 
  •  La Villita 
  •  The McNay Art Museum is nationally recognized for its collection of Impressionist art 
  •  San Antonio's unique Market Square 
  •  Texas beaches are less than a morning’s drive away 
  •  Mission San José is one of the most beautiful Spanish missions in the United States, and has a Mariachi Mass 
  •  Mission Concepción is over two hundred years old, and is the oldest un-restored church in the United States 
  •  Mission Espada is the Church of the Sword 
  •  Mission San Juan Capistrano 
  •  San Fernando Cathedral 
  •  The Alamo, San Antonio’s most famous mission, remains a symbol of the sacrifices of those who fought and died for an independent Texas 
  •  Military celebrations 
  •  Modern performing arts 
  •  Dining in style in San Antonio 
  •  There is always entertainment along the River Walk, particularly in the evenings 
  •  Music and "Cotton Eye Joe" dancing 
  •  “Day or night the parade goes on” in San Antonio 
  •  Fiestas de las Luminarias  
  •  Various River Walk scenes, including the Space Needle, with music 
 
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This promotional film for the City of San Antonio, made for the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, highlights the city’s multicultural heritage, many fesitvals and events, parks, natural beauty, arts community, restaurants, and nightlife. The film focuses on the Folklife Festival, Fiesta San Antonio, and, as ever, the River Walk. Each of the city’s museums is profiled, and the narrator, Ricardo Montalbon, emphasizes the vibrant energy found in San Antonio. The sights and sounds of the city are why “every Texan has two hometowns - his own and San Antonio, the heart and soul of Texas.”
Fiesta San Antonio is an annual event that celebrates the heroes of the Texas Revolution and San Antonio's local culture. Fiesta began as a one parade event with the first Battle of Flowers Parade in 1891. The Battle of Flowers parade includes elaborate floats and an actual battle of flowers, where blossoms are thrown in lieu of ammunition, in front of the Alamo. The parade is held in honor of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, held on or during the week of April 21, the day Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. Fiesta San Antonio grew to include balls, parties, a carnival, and a coronation - crowning a queen, a princess, 24 duchesses, and King Antonio. It eventually evolved into its present day, 10-day celebration that features over 100 events, including three major parades, one of which takes place on the San Antonio River Walk where the floats actually "float." Fiesta San Antonio's festivities have come to celebrate not only the Texas Revolution, but also San Antonio's rich, diverse culture and heritage.
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