Fiesta Commission

Fiesta Commission

San Antonio Fiesta, a longstanding tradition, has been robbed. A prominent parade showpiece has been stolen from storage. And if the float isn’t recovered, replacing it will cost the Fiesta Commission thousands of dollars.

It’s like the Grinch that stole Christmas or, in this case, Fiesta. Some time before October 24, the Fiesta Royalty Float was stolen from the offices of long term float builders, Southwest Parades Inc., on Seguin Street. This float carries a number of the Fiesta’s princesses and queens.

Fiesta Commission

San Antonio likes to party, but residents also observe and respect religious tradition. Because of that, the city council has approved an amendment to next year's Fiesta celebration, which will run from April 10-27, instead of April 19-27.

The party will last a little longer, but the new dates provide a revision to the regular flow of Fiesta events to respect Holy Week. The amendment will allow Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, which are April 17, 18 and 20, to be observed without the distraction of parties like Fiesta Fiesta, Oyster Bake, and the Taste of New Orleans.

Institute of Texan Cultures

A new exhibit is on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures showcasing 1,200 Fiesta medals from years past, well ahead of this year's Fiesta celebration.

Call it a 'living history' of a beloved pastime for San Antonio's Fiesta celebration, Fiesta Medal Mania is a new partnership between the Fiesta Commission and UTSA.

Stuart Seal / The Fiesta Commission

It's only November, but Fiesta is already kicking off. On Thursday, leaders with the Fiesta Commission unveiled the official 2013 Fiesta poster by artist Stuart Seal.

Seal's work, "Bridging the Traditions and Cultures of Fiesta," will represent the celebration and marks the start of the season to Fiesta.

"The poster represents our heritage signified by the Rose Window of Mission San Jose which frames Fiesta," said Seal.

The water color, colored-pencil work is reflective of the spark, energy and icons of San Antonio, said Seal.