By Bianca Garcia

SAN ANTONIO—The city has 300 reasons to celebrate its inception in 1718, but Fiesta in San Antonio celebrates cultural heritage and history throughout the years.

San Antonio celebrates its 300th anniversary, after a group of Tejanos—mostly made up of Spanish-Indians founded the land in 1718.

Although San Antonio was founded in 1718, Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto with the Battle of Flowers parade.

Fiesta is the “Party With a Purpose,” and celebrates April 19-29, with a string of  Fiesta events for the entire family.

According to the San Antonio 300 Organization about 3.5 million party-goers enjoy Fiesta San Antonio, and more than 20 percent of Fiesta-goers travel from across the state, the nation, and even the world!

“It’s important to bring the community together to celebrate our shared history, shared heritage, cultures, and celebrate those,” said Erica Meza, community member.  “I think the Tricentennial is a wonderful opportunity to do that.”

Meza continues saying that she loves seeing the different types of events and different cultures represented in a cultural setting all while financially contributing to the city.

The funds raised by official Fiesta events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year.

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