Viva Fiesta

The best and brightest moments from Fiesta San Antonio 2016


Fiesta UTSA
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Mayor Ivy Taylor and City Councilman Roberto Trevino at Fiesta
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Fiesta Fiesta San Antonio PMO Parade
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Lt. General Darryl L. Roberson Fiesta San Antonio
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Miss Fiesta 2016 Fiesta San Antonio
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Fiesta San Antonio
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Lackland Military Parade Fiesta San Antonio
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Public Crowning of Rey Feo Fiesta San Antonio
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R. Hunt Winton III and Mayor Ivy Taylor Fiesta San Antonio
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Fiesta Arts Fair
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Celebrations of Traditions Pow Wow Fiesta San Antonio
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Texas Cavaliers River Parade — Fiesta
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Army Day at the Alamo Fiesta
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Military ambassadors Fiesta San Antonio
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Police officers at Fiesta Especial
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Fiesta Especial queens
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Fiesta luncheon and hat contest
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Battle of Flowers parade Fiesta
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Pooch Parade Fiesta San Antonio
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Fiesta Flambeau
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Fiesta Flambeau
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Wildflower Ride Fiesta San Antonio
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The 125th edition of Fiesta San Antonio has come to a close, and we're still recovering from the crowds and color overload. However, with the rich cultural programming that celebrates our city's diversity, we're already looking forward to next year's festivities.

The parades were lively, the decorated medals unending, and Fiesta royalty looked regal in their embellished outfits. Over the 10-day party, abundant ceremonies and performances ensued, wowing all in attendance.

Take a look through the best moments captured during the monumental celebration.

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Two students feel the Fiesta spirit, cracking cascarones over each other’s heads during Fiesta UTSA.

Mayor Ivy Taylor and City Councilman Roberto Trevino welcome the crowd to Fiesta Fiesta, the official kick off to the 125th Fiesta San Antonio.

In honor of the first Battle of Flowers, representatives from the Fiesta San Antonio Commission and participating member organizations (PMOs) toss flowers into the crowd at Alamo Plaza.

At Fiesta Fiesta, Military Coordinator Lt. General Darryl L. Roberson (USAF) introduces the 2016 military ambassadors from each branch of service.

Miss Fiesta 2016, Madi Moad-Hageman, shows the crowd how to sign “Viva Fiesta!” in American Sign Language (ASL) to support her community service platform, an effort to incorporate ASL interpreters into all public Fiesta events.

Fireworks burst above the Alamo, signaling the conclusion of the Fiesta Fiesta kick off.

Families greet newly graduated U.S. airmen at the Lackland Military Parade after seven weeks of training.

In the shade of the San Fernando Cathedral, the people are granted a new king as Rey Feo LXVIII, Darren Casey, is crowned.

After receiving the key to the city from Mayor Ivy Taylor, King Antonio XCIV, R. Hunt Winton III, takes a walk of honor at the Investiture of King Antonio.

Music, food, and art abound at the Fiesta Arts Fair during the first Saturday of the event.

Performers adjust their traditional Native American dress during the Celebrations of Traditions Pow Pow.

Nothing but smiles for the Fiesta San Antonio Commission float as riders dance along to the Navy Band Southeast’s saxophone quartet at the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. 

The U.S. Army’s Golden Knights make the historical jump into the Alamo plaza during Navy Day.

Military ambassadors up the weight of their sashes with new medals at Night in Old San Antonio.

Close to 3,000 children and adults with special needs visit the Fiesta Carnival for the Fiesta Especial Celebration Day. San Antonio police officers donate their time to ensure the grounds are open for the event.

Official Fiesta royalty pose for a photo with Fiesta Especial’s 2016 queen, Lindsey Moharam, who earned the title by raising more than $5,000 for The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas.

Hats of many colors and sizes were on display at The Woman’s Club of San Antonio’s Fiesta Luncheon and Hat Contest.

Queen of the Order of the Alamo, Caroline Cage Carrington, shows the crowd her shoes during the Battle of Flowers Parade.

An adorable Rey Feo is dressed in his royal best for the Therapy Animals of San Antonio’s Pooch Parade.

Excited crowds at the Fiesta Flambeau Parade.

Keeping with parade tradition, Miss Fiesta San Antonio shows her boots to the crowd during the Fiesta Flambeau Parade.

More than 1,500 riders participate in the Fiesta Wildflower Ride on the last Sunday of Fiesta.

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