April 09, 2020

Let's Look Back at How Fiesta Has Changed Over the Years

Well, Fiesta season is here. It's just a little later than usual thanks to that pinche coronavirus.

San Antonio's annual excuse to raise a glass (and some chicken on a stick) while benefitting local charities kicked off Thursday with a few notable events nixed from the lineup. Here's a look back at past celebrations.

Photos: UTSA's Digital Collections
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5th U. S. Cavalry mounted band in Battle of Flowers Parade, San Antonio, Texas, 1897
Here comes the cavalry! This mounted band clopped down the streets of San Antonio over 120 years ago.
5th U. S. Cavalry mounted band in Battle of Flowers Parade, San Antonio, Texas, 1897
Here comes the cavalry! This mounted band clopped down the streets of San Antonio over 120 years ago.
1940 Battle of Flowers Parade participants on Houston Street
An aerial view of the Battle of Flowers Parade coming down Houston Street.
1940 Battle of Flowers Parade participants on Houston Street
An aerial view of the Battle of Flowers Parade coming down Houston Street.
Fiesta Island, rides and games area at HemisFair'68
Why don’t we have this anymore for Fiesta?
Fiesta Island, rides and games area at HemisFair'68
Why don’t we have this anymore for Fiesta?
Acrobat Monnette DeViney Performing
Monnette Deviney performing the ultimate tricep dips on canes.
Acrobat Monnette DeViney Performing
Monnette Deviney performing the ultimate tricep dips on canes.
Margaret ''Monnie'' Barclay, Fiesta Queen
The Queen of the Court of the Old South rides upon her float in 1940.
Margaret ''Monnie'' Barclay, Fiesta Queen
The Queen of the Court of the Old South rides upon her float in 1940.
Paddleboat in the 1941 Texas Cavaliers River Parade
The caption at the time called them “strange creatures,” but nowadays we call them Oklahomans.
Paddleboat in the 1941 Texas Cavaliers River Parade
The caption at the time called them “strange creatures,” but nowadays we call them Oklahomans.
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.
Crowd lining Alamo Plaza for 1937 Parade
Probably Joske’s favorite time of year as people line down the street for the parade.
Crowd lining Alamo Plaza for 1937 Parade
Probably Joske’s favorite time of year as people line down the street for the parade.
"Save the Alamo" Float, sponsored by Joske's, in the 1904 Battle of Flowers Parade
Protecting the Alamo has been an issue since the very beginning.
"Save the Alamo" Float, sponsored by Joske's, in the 1904 Battle of Flowers Parade
Protecting the Alamo has been an issue since the very beginning.
Street Litter from the  1939 Fiesta Parade
Not much has changed since then.
Street Litter from the 1939 Fiesta Parade
Not much has changed since then.