Coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped some San Antonians from celebrating Fiesta at home

You can still honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto #Fiestaathome

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SAN ANTONIO – The coronavirus pandemic isn’t going to stop some San Antonians from celebrating their beloved Fiesta, although the party with a purpose looks a little different this year.

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The Fiesta tradition dates back to 1891 when the first Battle of Flowers parade was held to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto. It has been celebrated every year except 1918 during World War I and 1942-1945 during World War II, according to the Fiesta Commission.

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The party may have been pushed back but KSAT is rebroadcasting all the 2019 Fiesta parades so you can #Fiestaathome.

  • Battle of Flowers Parade will re-air Friday, April 24, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (SA Live will be broadcasting a pre-show party from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • Fiesta Flambeau Parade will re-air Saturday, April 25, from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. (David Elder, of ‘Texas Eats,’ will host a pre-show from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • The Band Festival will re-air Sunday, April 26, from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • SA Live is also celebrating at-home Fiesta all week from 1 to 2 p.m. on KSAT 12.

So how are people celebrating in 2020? KSAT found lots of people getting pretty creative at home:

The annual 11-day party, which was slated for April, is now scheduled for Nov. 5-15.

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Fiesta, also referred to as the party with a purpose, generates more than $340 million in economic impact for the San Antonio community, according to Jeanie Travis, the president of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March. The first case confirmed in the U.S. was in mid-January and the first case confirmed in San Antonio was in mid-February.


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