LGBT Events Are Part of Fiesta Celebration

The Battle of Flowers Parade passes along Alamo Plaza in front of the Menger Hotel, an area where traditionally LGBTs gather to watch to the parade. (Photo by Sam Sanchez)

Now in its 126th year, Fiesta San Antonio is a annual festival featuring ten days of parties and parades which this year begin on April 20.

The celebration started in 1891 as a parade to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It has evolved into one of the premier festivals in the US.

While there is a whole roster of “Official Fiesta Events,” organizations in the LGBT community also stage their own celebrations. Here’s a list that includes official and unofficial events you might want to consider when making your Fiesta plans.

April 21 – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Event organizers at Fiesta Youth are making the final preparations for the third annual Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil party, a masquerade-themed fundraiser which this year is slated for Friday, April 21 at The Veranda in Castle Hills. Tickets are available on line at this link. General admission: $85. Co-host: $225. Ticket sales will close at 3:30 p.m. on April 17.

2015 Webb Party (Photo by Julian P. Ledezma)

April 21- The Webb Party
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s Webb Party returns after a one-year hiatus on April 21 at the Bonham Exchange with the 80’s theme, “Reboot,” and a live entertainment roster headlined by American Idol alumnus David Hernandez. General admission tickets are $75 pre-sale (at the Fiesta Store or online at the SAAF website ) and $90 at the door.

April 23 – The Chili Queens Chili Cook-Off
This is an Official Fiesta San Antonio Event benefiting the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s Kitchen. Come on down and stir it up and taste the great chili prepared by professionals and amateurs alike. Doors open at 3 p.m. with no cover. $3 well and $3 domestics. This is an 18 and up event. ID required. Judging begins at 6 p.m. At the Bonham Exchange, 411 Bonham St. For more information call 210-224-9219.

Texas Cavaliers River Parade (Photo: Texas Cavaliers)

April 24 – LGBT Chamber River Parade Party
The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce invites the community to enjoy the Texas Cavaliers River Parade at the Hilton Palacio del Rio which is right on the banks of the San Antonio River. Tickets are $75 per person and include appetizers and two drinks. Tickets available at this link.

April 25 – Pride Ride to NIOSA
Gay Night at Night in Old San Antonio returns on Tuesday, April 25 with the Annual Pride Ride Shuttle from the Main Avenue Strip to the gates of NIOSA and back. Shuttle runs from 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Cost is $5 roundtrip. Proceeds benefit Pride San Antonio. Wristbands can be purchased at Luther’s, The Annex, Heat, Sparky’s, The Essence, and The Silver Dollar.

April 25 -27 – Fiesta Cornyation
Fiesta Cornyation has been proclaimed by its organizers as the “raunchiest and cheapest” event of Fiesta. The extravaganza is part drag show, part satirical revue, part beer hall bawdy-fest. Since becoming a non-profit organization, Cornyation has donated over $2 million to local charities. Tickets are available at the Empire/Majestic Box Office and on Ticketmaster.com.

Fiesta Frenzy Mistresses of Ceremonies Eryca Daniels and Autumn Summers.

April 26 – Fiesta Frenzy
The 17th Annual Fiesta Frenzy will feature female illusionists, comedians, folkloric dancers, and performance dance groups. Special guest is Scott Pepper from the CW show, “The Magacian’s Agency.” Mistresses of Ceremonies are Eryca Daniels and Autumn Summers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dub Daughtery Benevolent Fund. On April 26 at 8 p.m. at Woodlawn Pointe, 702 Donaldson Avenue. General admission is $20. Purchase tickets at this link.

Battle of Flowers after party at the Bonham Exchange (Photo by Sam Sanchez)

April 28 – Battle of Flowers After Party
The Battle of Flowers Parade passes along Alamo Plaza in front of the Menger Hotel, an area where traditionally LGBTs gather to watch to the parade. After the parade, many revelers head over to the Bonham Exchange for an unofficial after party that continues through the early evening. Bonham Exchange, 411 Bonham St.

April 29 – Fiesta Finale Block Party
The final night of Fiesta will be celebrated on the Main Avenue Strip with a block party in front of Sparky’s, Heat and Knockout. There will be live music, vendors, food and fun. There is no cover for this event.

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