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    Posted May 1, 2013 by
    San Antonio, Texas

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    Viva Fiesta San Antonio


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     beetraveler says when she learned that San Antonio puts on one of the largest parades in the United States, she had to visit. She filmed the Fiesta and interviews with organizers the last weekend in April.

    'Fiesta really is an all-out city party. I was so tired after simply trying to take in a few of the events. The shopping, eating and festival events are nonstop. Apparently, locals sleep very little those 10 days and just have one long siesta when the celebration is over!'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    San Antonio's Fiesta is one of America's oldest and largest celebrations. As I toured San Antonio during Fiesta, I interviewed some of the people responsible for making Fiesta such a success and learned some of the event's backstory, particularly the story and significance of the "Battle of Flowers"!


    According to organizers, May 1 is when they begin organizing next year's event as planning something of this scale is a 365 day job. The Fiesta Commission employs 10 full-time staff year-round.

    The audio isn't perfect, especially at the beginning, as it was such a loud parade. But, still worth watching, to learn more about an incredible American tradition. 

    Text from the beginning, as stated by Frank Stanage:
    "The building we are standing in front of is the cradle of Texas Liberty, the Alamo. The boys that are here assembled are 5th-8th graders from our all boys school, San Antonio Academy. We've been in existence since 1886. We are symbolically guarding the Alamo today as part of the ceremony of the Battle of Flowers. The boys will take flowers from the floats and carry them up to the Alamo where they will be laid to rest in the grassy area in front of the Alamo to commemorate the brave men who fought here in 1836." 

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