From: Thursday, Mar 31st, 2022
To: Sunday, Apr 10th, 2022
Fiesta San Antonio 2022
Fiesta San Antonio celebrates the city’s rich heritage with vibrant parades, food-centric events, and lively, local entertainment. The Gay Fiesta parties include masquerade balls, block parties, drag queen chili cook-outs and more.
What started in 1891 as a way to honor the heroes from the Battle of the Alamo has transformed into a way share in the fun of celebrating our city’s largest city-wide party with a purpose, Fiesta San Antonio.
Kick off the festivities with Fiesta Fiesta, an opening ceremony complete with locally-themed medal exchanges. As a long-standing tradition, people go on a mission to obtain and wear as many Fiesta medals as possible. You’ll see people wearing their weight in medals – fastened to sashes, jackets, hats and more. Get your own Fiesta medals at the Official Fiesta Store or at various events throughout the 11-day celebration!
The Fiesta Flambeau Parade
Make plans to attend one of several spectacular parades including Battle of Flowers, Fiesta Flambeau, the largest night parade in the country.
The Fiesta Flambeau Parade began in 1948. The parade’s name comes from the French word for a candlestick or torch. In the event’s early years, four-man brigades marched between the other units, carrying torches on five-foot poles. Today Boy Scouts carry safety flares. All the floats in the Flambeau Parade are lighted.
Don’t forget your cascarones – colorful eggshells filled with confetti – for sharing (and breaking!) along the parade routes.
The Texas Cavaliers River Parade
For years King Antonio had no set tradition for his official arrival at Fiesta. He used planes, trains and automobiles. When the Works Progress Administration completed improvements to the San Antonio River in 1941, the Cavaliers decided to introduce the king in a river parade—the first event to take place on the river after the improvements. Today the River Parade is one of the few in the nation in which the floats really do float. About 250,000 people line the banks to enjoy the event.
Night in Old San Antonio
For fun with food and drinks, don’t miss Oyster Bake, A Night in Old San Antonio, a Taste of New Orleans, and more. A Night in Old San Antonio, better known as NIOSA, joined Fiesta in 1948. The San Antonio Conservation Society sponsors NIOSA. The society works to save San Antonio buildings and maintain the city’s cultural heritage. It takes about 16,000 volunteers each year to stage NIOSA. You can take the gay bus to the opening night at NIOSA! Park at your favorite bar/club on The Strip & let Pride SA shuttle you & your group to the front entrance of the NIOSA gates!
Other events where you can explore the city’s distinctive culture with deep roots include A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada, cand more.
Gay Events during Fiesta San Antonio
- The Webb Party – a gay ball raising funds for the Aids foundation, at the Aztec Theatre.
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – a cocktail and masquerade party raising funds for Fiesta Youth, at the Veranda in Castle Hills.
- The Chili Queens Cook-Off presented by the Happy Foundation at the Bonham Exchange.
- Viva Fiesta at gay owned Deco, during the Deco District Arts and Music Festival which will be taking place adjacent to the restaurant.
- Fiesta Cornyation – the “raunchiest and cheapest” event of Fiesta. The extravaganza is part drag show, part satirical revue, part beer hall bawdy-fest, at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre.
- Battle of Flowers After Party – the Battle of Flowers Parade passes along Alamo Plaza in front of the Menger Hotel, an area where traditionally LGBTs gather to watch to the parade. After the parade, many revelers head over to the Bonham Exchange for an unofficial after party that continues until the early evening.
- Fiesta Finale Block Party – the final night of Fiesta will be celebrated on the Main Avenue Strip with a block party in front of Sparky’s Pub, Luther’s Cafe, Heat Nightclub and Knockout Sports Bar.
Here are the Hotels we recommend that keep you close to all the action,
Apartments in San Antonio
The holiday home features 3 bedrooms, a TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a shower. guests benefit from private parking and free WiFi.
The apartment features air-conditioned accommodation a living room with a TV. 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine and 2 bathrooms with a hairdryer. Complimentary WiFi and private parking
Creamery Cottage offers free WiFi, a garden and air conditioning this holiday home has 2 bedrooms, a TV, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower.
The holiday home has 2 bedrooms, a TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a bath or shower. WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge. Free public parking
Recommended Hotels San Antonio
Grand Hyatt River Walk
5 Star – Central Location
All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. Some rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
The Westin Riverwalk
4 Star, Luxury
Located on the San Antonio Riverwalk and less than 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre, this hotel features an on-site Italian restaurant. Guests also have access to a spa and an outdoor pool. A 42-inch flat-screen TV is found in each modern room
Hilton Palacio del Rio
4 Star – Great Amenities
On-site at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool as well as a modern fitness centre. There are also several dining options located on-site. The hotel also provides guests with private balconies in every guestroom.
4 Star – Perfect Location
Ideally located along the San Antonio River Walk entertainment district San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk’s guest rooms are furnished with a seating area, a work desk, and a flat-panel TV with cable channels, safety deposit box and ironing facilities.