Shot by the Raymond Winter family in 1948, this home movie showcases the value of amateur motion picture footage in documenting the Texas experience. The Winter collection has a number of films featuring the Battle of the Flowers parade throughout the 1940s and 1950s which detail the changing cityscape and the ever evolving commemoration of the Alamo. Begun in 1891 to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo and commemorate the victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, the Battle of Flowers Parade continues today as a part of San Antonio's annual Fiesta celebration in April. Flower-covered floats feature costumed participants from the San Antonio community and are joined by marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, and antique cars.
Fiesta San Antonio is an annual event that celebrates the heroes of the Texas Revolution and San Antonio's local culture. Fiesta began as a one parade event with the first Battle of Flowers Parade in 1891. The Battle of Flowers parade includes elaborate floats and an actual battle of flowers, where blossoms are thrown in lieu of ammunition, in front of the Alamo. The parade is held in honor of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, held on or during the week of April 21, the day Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. Fiesta San Antonio grew to include balls, parties, a carnival, and a coronation - crowning a queen, a princess, 24 duchesses, and King Antonio. It eventually evolved into its present day, 10-day celebration that features over 100 events, including three major parades, one of which takes place on the San Antonio River Walk where the floats actually "float." Fiesta San Antonio's festivities have come to celebrate not only the Texas Revolution, but also San Antonio's rich, diverse culture and heritage.