10 Things You Have to Do This Fiesta Weekend

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Fri 4/28
Battle of Flowers Parade

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At the very center of the 10-day celebration, Fiesta’s parades run the gamut from traditional reverence to whimsical and wacky. If you can only attend one, most would point you toward the Battle of Flowers Parade, the over-the-top procession that sparked Fiesta itself back in 1891. Produced entirely by women and designed to honor the heroes of the Alamo, the beloved tradition brings together all the hallmarks of Fiesta for a procession through downtown featuring elaborately decorated floats, decked-out royalty, ROTC units, local celebs and marching bands. Fiesta fanatics, however, will tell you to attend as many as possible — including the wildly illuminated Fiesta Flambeau Parade, the dog-centric Fiesta Pooch Parade and the wonderfully wacky King William Fair Parade (all on April 29). $15-$30, 11:30am Fri, visit battleofflowers.org for the parade route. — BR

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