Fiesta Survival Guide 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOSH HUSKIN
  • Photo by Josh Huskin

Meet Isis Madrid. She’s our digital content editor. Isis moved to San Antonio from Boston, Mass., last summer, which means she’s never before experienced the cultural behemoth known as Fiesta. She needs advice, lots of it. Because she both lives and works downtown, Isis can’t really run or hide from the 10-day explosion of parades, carnivals, concerts, and parties. Since Current staffers can get a little jaded when it comes to Fiesta (e.g. “leave town,” and “wear flippers to wade through the river of beer and filth”), we asked you, dear, Fiesta-loving readers, to help us help Isis. Here’s your top advice.


Wear a sombrero

Eat food that’s served on a stick or tortilla only

Bust out the guayaberas and Mexican dresses

Collect some medals (and learn about their history at the Institute of Texan Cultures’ exhibit “Fiesta Medal Mania,” through July 8)

Make friends with private party hosts, especially for King William Fair and NIOSA

Pack some type of antibacterial soap product; Fiesta’s all fun and games until somebody gets sick…

Carry cash over credit cards

Scream “show us your shoes!” at float-riding royalty during parades

Choose comfy, closed-toe shoes (that beer and filth thing is real!)



Show more skin than you can slather sunscreen on

Get mad if you get hit with a cascarón (derived from a Medieval Italian courting ritual), get even

Let the smell scare you

Forget to drink water

Carry a purse, or a backpack, or a bike, or anything that could possibly get stolen

Forget an insulated bottle for, um, water…

Stake out a spot too far from the port-o-potties

Drive. Just don’t, for so many reasons, parking and DWIs being two very convincing ones

Venture out in flip-flops, high heels, or any shoes that couldn’t survive a good dousing of booze and/or bodily fluids




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