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Fiesta Fiesta Kicks Off San Antonio's 125th Celebration

Louisa Jonas
Texas Public Radio
Julius and Rachel Gonzalez take part on Thursday evening's Fiesta Fiesta kicking off the 11-day annual event.

Let the fun begin.  Fiesta 2016 starts today.  This is the 125th year for Fiesta in San Antonio.  It kicks off with “Fiesta Fiesta” in front of the Alamo this evening where  many people are decked out with dozens of Fiesta medals and some with large elaborate hats.

For those that don't know, Fiesta is the annual celebration of Texas independence from Mexico at the battle of San Jacinto and the Alamo in 1836. 

The festivities begin with opening ceremonies that include the cutting of the ugly tie and the cracking of the cascarone. Fireworks are expected later tonight. 

There will also be live entertainment, Fiesta royalty, and special guests at this free event.  You can also buy, sell or trade Fiesta pins and medals in what’s called Pin Pandemonium.
The Fiesta Carnival opens at 6.m. in the Alamodome parking lot.  Glittering lights, exciting rides, and a wide assortment of foods can be found at the carnival.  It’s free to get in, but you will need tickets to ride.
Fiesta is the party with a purpose.  Funds raised by official Fiesta events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year.
The Fiesta San Antonio Commission coordinates the Fiesta planning activities of 100 local nonprofit organizations and the more than 75,000 volunteers it takes to make this a Texas-sized festival.  It lasts 11 days.  Viva Fiesta!