San Antonio explodes with colors and flowers every spring for its annual Fiesta, an 11-day celebration unique to Texas that began as a way to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Organizers hosted a horse-drawn parade of women in 1891, and said females pelted each other with flowers. Today, there are more than 100 Fiesta events sponsored by local non-profits with money raised pouring back into the community.
This year, the fun takes place April 20-30 with parades, art fairs, exhibits, concerts — you name it, all throughout San Antonio, including on boats traveling up and down the San Antonio River.
And then there are the medals.
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|Official Fiesta 2017 Medal|
You can tell who’s involved heavily in the annual festival by the number of medals pinned to their chest. They wear them proudly. And it's a sport to see how many you can nab each year.
Tourists can snag a medal or two if they're lucky or purchase them at the Fiesta Store. Easier than a medal are the faux flowers sold on the streets of San Antonio, or the confetti eggs people break to add even more color to the festivities.
Cheré Dastugue Coen is a food and travel writer living in South Louisiana who is the author of several Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire and the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.