Monday, March 29, 2010

Fiesta and Baby Bake

I cracked up at Alyssa's comment about her thinking the title of my last post was my way of saying we were pregnant. Which by the way we're not.

Since I talk about Oyster Bake, Baby Bake, Fiesta, NIOSA and even King William on here I guess I should take a second to explain it and brag about how fun living in San Antonio can be this time of year.

Fiesta started in the late 1800s with the Battle of the Flowers parade. The parade honors the heroes from the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It's now the second largest parade in the US behind the Rose Bowl parade.

Additional parades were added in later years to include the Flambeau parade and the Cavaliers River parade. There are also various Kings and Queens for different Fiesta events. The Order of the Alamo Queens have these amazing dresses. You can see some of them here.

Night in Old San Antonio is probably the Fiesta event that lasts the longest. It's put on by the San Antonio Historical Society and honors all the different nationalities that settled in San Antonio. There's a ton of different foods and music.

Fiesta is now a 10 day event held every April. Different communities (like King William, Taste of the Northside, etc) put on events to raise money for different things. That's where Oyster Bake started. I went to St. Mary's University which is where Oyster Bake is held. It started off as a gathering of alumni and grew into an official Fiesta event in 1974. Over 100,000 people visit the tiny campus and the money goes towards scholarships for students. For homecoming we hold a Homecoming Oyster Bake otherwise known as Baby Bake. John and I do make jokes about roasting babies and usually ask how we want our baby cooked, things like that. It's all a bunch of food on a stick, oysters and beer. No babies are harmed during the event.

So that's Fiesta. Oyster Bake is on the 17th. Not sure what other events we're going to this year. I'd like to go to Cornynation, but I've heard the tickets are already sold out. It's a drag show that makes fun of various Fiesta events.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like fun!!! Wish we had something like that around here.


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