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The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 18 - Battle of Flowers Parade

Stephen Orsak

Silent | c. 1940s

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This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures scenes from a Battle of Flowers Parade, one of the signature events of Fiesta San Antonio. Across the street, spectators watch from the roof of Walter's Pharmacy and the Hotel Nuevo Leon, located at the corner of W. Houston Street and N. Santa Rosa Avenue.
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.