A Look Back at Fiesta San Antonio Through the Years

For the average San Antonian, Fiesta is their favorite time of the year and with good reason. We dug through UTSA's archives to find some throwback pics from the city-wide celebration – some photos as recent as the '90s and others more than 100 years old! Let's take a trip down memory lane.

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Bozo the Clown in the Fiesta San Jacinto River Pageant
You're forever in our hearts, Bozo.
Bozo the Clown in the Fiesta San Jacinto River Pageant
You're forever in our hearts, Bozo.
Spanish Dancers at NIOSA
Since this photo was taken in 1972, these ladies should totally come back for another performance together.
Spanish Dancers at NIOSA
Since this photo was taken in 1972, these ladies should totally come back for another performance together.
Pearl Brewing Company Float
This float must have been super effective, because we all know how much of a hotspot the Pearl is today.
Pearl Brewing Company Float
This float must have been super effective, because we all know how much of a hotspot the Pearl is today.
Cornyation Duchess at Arneson River Theatre
Did you know that Cornyation goes back to 1951, when it was part of NIOSA and at Arneson River Theatre? Things sure have changed.
Cornyation Duchess at Arneson River Theatre
Did you know that Cornyation goes back to 1951, when it was part of NIOSA and at Arneson River Theatre? Things sure have changed.
Jay Perez Float in the Flambeau Parade
Dating back to the '90s, the Tejano singer's float look like it was inspired by The Lion King.
Jay Perez Float in the Flambeau Parade
Dating back to the '90s, the Tejano singer's float look like it was inspired by The Lion King.
Cracking Cascarones at the First Fiesta UTSA
So much hair to get confetti out of. Then again, it was 1978.
Cracking Cascarones at the First Fiesta UTSA
So much hair to get confetti out of. Then again, it was 1978.
Filipino Community Parade Float
Though the year is unknown, it's pretty cool that there was inclusion for the Filipino community back in the day.
Filipino Community Parade Float
Though the year is unknown, it's pretty cool that there was inclusion for the Filipino community back in the day.
Filipino-American Association Dancers
Peep the queen in the back just living for the entertainment. This 1974 photo is just too cute.
Filipino-American Association Dancers
Peep the queen in the back just living for the entertainment. This 1974 photo is just too cute.
Fiesta Carnival 1961
Aww, look at the old Kaufman's!
Fiesta Carnival 1961
Aww, look at the old Kaufman's!
Cracking Open a Cold One with The Boys
Big hair, don't care. Big glasses... Lol, bring back style from the '90s.
Cracking Open a Cold One with The Boys
Big hair, don't care. Big glasses... Lol, bring back style from the '90s.