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SENIOR NEWS Newspaper is a monthly publication for the 50 plus  population, serving metro Atlanta, Augusta, and Macon. 

 

 

 

 

 

San Antonio’s Grand Fiesta — Eleven Days of Parties amid Three Centuries of History

Story by Andrea Gross; photos by Irv Green

It’s seven o’clock in the morning, and the San Antonio River Walk is almost empty. This is a stark contrast to last night when

an estimated 200,000 folks crowded the area, cheering and waving as 40 boats — each festooned in hot, bright colors and glittering lights — cruised down the meandering waterway that bisects the city’s downtown area.

People sat along the walkways that border the river, stood three deep on the arched bridges that span it, and applauded from the balconies of the luxury hotels that line it. After all, this was the Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade, one of the premier events of Fiesta® San Antonio, the city’s annual spring extravaganza.

But now, as my husband and I board an open-air boat for a 45-minute narrated breakfast cruise, there are only three boats on the river — two breakfast boats and one containing workers who are cleaning up the debris from the parade. We enjoy the relative quiet as our guide gives us an overview of the city’s history and Fiesta activities.

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