This promotional film for the City of San Antonio, made for the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, highlights the city's multicultural heritage, many fesitvals and events, parks, natural beauty, arts community, restaurants, and nightlife. The film focuses on the Folklife Festival, Fiesta San Antonio, and, as ever, the River Walk. Each of the city's museums is profiled, and the narrator, Ricardo Montalbon, emphasizes the vibrant energy found in San Antonio. The sights and sounds of the city are why "every Texan has two hometowns - his own and San Antonio, the heart and soul of Texas."
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.