Viva Fiesta (from Home)!

Despite the Official Fiesta being postponed until this fall, my biological clock absolutely insists it’s time to hang my Fiesta wreath and papel picado, to shower my family in confetti from cascarones, and to do my best to bring some Viva! into our home this spring.

Thankfully, I’m not alone and friends across the city are figuring out how to Fiesta at Home. Here’s how you can Viva Fiesta from your home:


Print, cut and color these papel picado designs made especially for you to hang in your windows. (Don’t worry about cutting out the insides like traditional papel picado – we’ll give you a pass this time!)


Tune in to KSAT12 for the Cavaliers River Parade on Monday, April 20, the Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday, April 24 from 2pm – 5pm and the Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade from 2019 on Saturday, April 25 from 7pm – 10pm.

KSAT12 is also turning this into a week-long event for viewers – a virtual event that will include Virtual Watch Parties using the ‘choose your own adventure’ app, Fiesta Bingo that
viewers can play at home and by partnering with several local restaurants who will be offering “Fiesta Food Packs” to bring classic favorites into your home!

On Saturday, April 24 at 6:30 pm, KSAT invites you to put on your finest Fiesta outfit, grab glow sticks, a carton of cascarones, or a gordita, and walk out your front door to take a selfie showing your Fiesta spirit. Remember social distancing so no mixing with your neighbors. Upload your picture to to appear on KSAT’s website and tag @alamocitymoms if you share on social so we can share, too!


Design and create your own barge for a virtual parade with the San Antonio Riverwalk Association. Submissions are welcome from individuals, nonprofits, and businesses. This campy, silly parade was thought up to make you laugh, so don’t take yourself, or this event too seriously!

The Virtual River Walk Parade will air on the River Walk’s Facebook page on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 pm. Float submissions are due Monday, April 20 at noon.

Steps for Submitting Your Float to the River Walk’s Facebook Page:

1. Create and decorate a water-worthy vessel.

2. Film a 15-second horizontal (landscape) clip (no sound) of your entry float in water (tub, sink, pool, birdbath, etc.) from approximately 1 foot away. Be sure to shoot the video in landscape mode and keep your vessel at eye-level.

3. Go to Facebook, Like our page @TheSanAntonioRiverWalkOfficial, and submit your video.

Post your video clip no later than Monday, April 20, at noon to their Facebook page with the following text:

I am entering my float in San Antonio’s VIRTUAL River Walk Parade. Not all floats will make it in the parade. Like my post to help get my float noticed.

Then list your Name, City and State, Age (if under 18)

The top entries will be edited together as a video and shown on Thursday, April 30th at 7 PM on the River Walk’s Facebook page.

The best entry will receive a family four-pack of tickets to the 40th annual Ford Holiday River Parade on Friday, November 27, 2020.

The winner will be announced at the end of the video.

Fiesta Inspired Cocktails

    • “Margarita’s Margarita” by Diana Barrios Trevino of Los Barrios Family Restaurants 
      • Ingredients
        • 1.5 oz Hornitos Tequila (Blanco or Reposado)
        • ¾ oz Cointreau
        • Ice
        • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
        • Fresh orange juice from ½ an orange
        • Salt
      • Preparation
        • Add the ice to your shaker, pour the tequila and Cointreau into the shaker. Add fresh lime juice, followed by fresh orange juice. Drop half of the orange into the shaker. Shake to mix.
      • Finish & Serve
        • Pour into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice and serve to your loved ones!
    • Twang
      • Twang has developed 3 twists on a Margarita to celebrate Fiesta. The recipes include a Guava Margarita, Pickle Margarita, and a Tamarind Margarita.
    • “The Puro Rita” by Jeret Peña
      • Ingredients
        • 1.5 oz Casamigos Tequila
        • 0.5 oz Key Lime Juice
        • ¼ of the juice of a Persian Lime
        • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
        • Chamoy
        • Tajin
        • Ice
      • Preparation
        • Add the ice to your shaker, pour the tequila and orange liquor.
        • Add fresh Key Lime juice, followed by Persian Lime juice.
        • Shake to mix.
      • Finish & Serve
        • Dress your glass using Chamoy and Tajin powder, pour the mixture from the shaker into your glass over ice.
        • Top with aromatic bitters and serve.

Order In or Take Your Favorite Fiesta Eats To-Go

Craving those Fiesta eats? Local favorites like La Panadería and COVER 3 are dishing up traditional meals, signature pan dulce and meal kits to-go that are perfect for families of four or more.

    • La Panadería
      • From signature pan dulce items like the Concha to an assortment of freshly baked empanadas and the indulgent Tequila Almond Croissant, to savory dishes like the Mexican Cubana Torta with a side of Fideo, La Panaderia is a one-stop-shop for traditional Fiesta favorites. Order online for curbside pickup from La Panaderia’s Broadway location or have your meal delivered to your home.
    • COVER 3 
      • COVER 3 makes it easy with “Family Fiesta” packages, ribeye taco grill kits to-go that include bonus grocery items, at-home michelada kits and more!
        • Ribeye Steak Taco Grill Kit for $78
          • Four 10 oz. ribeyes, honey chipotle glaze, 12 flour tortillas, one bell pepper, one poblano, two jalapenos, two avocados, one lime, fresh pico de gallo, tortilla chips and cotija cheese
          • Bonus items include six large eggs, one gallon of milk, one roll of toilet paper and one pack of tri-fold paper towels
        • Family Fiesta for $45
          • Includes 12 enchiladas (six Green Chile Beef and six Tinga Chicken) served with southwestern rice
        • Tacos for the Family for $45
          • 10 tacos prepared with flour tortillas, jack & cheddar cheeses, guacamole and southwestern rice
            • Choose Tinga Chicken, Green Chile Beef or Both (five chicken and five beef)
        • Michelada Kits for $20
          • Each kit includes fresh lime juice, tajin, banana peppers, Zing Zang mix, Worcheshire sauce and pickle juice + a six pack of your choice:
            • Modelo Especial, Corona, Dos Equis, Corona Premier or Negra Modelo
      • Mi Tierra
        • For a limited time, Mi Tierra is offering “Fiesta Survival Kits” for $75 that include:
          • Three lbs. Of your choice of Beef, Chicken of Mixed Fajita, marinated in  their house-made marinade and ready to grill
          • Two onions
          • Two bell peppers
          • One quart of rice
          • One quart of beans
          • One pint of salsa
          • One pint of guacamole
          • One pint of pico de gallo
          • Two dozen tortillas (corn or flour)
          • Tortilla chips
          • A QR code for a Fiesta Spotify playlist
          • One dozen cascarones
          • One loteria game and dried beans
          • One string of papel picado

Make Your Own Fiesta Medal or Papel Picado

  • It’s not Fiesta without decorations! Using art supplies available at home, create custom-made papel picado to adorn your rooms using tissue paper, glue and string, or challenge your little ones to fashion their own Fiesta medal using construction paper, markers, paint or colored pencils.
  • For an easy lesson on how to make papel picado, follow along with Ruby City’s tutorial here.

Partake in Pin Pandemonium 

  • On Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. CT, join the Pin Pandemonium on Facebook with The Fiesta Store. During this time, The Fiesta Store will have 2020 Fiesta medals available for purchase online, with proceeds supporting several Fiesta non-profits.
A fifth-generation San Antonionian - who happened to spend her formative years in Austin - Amanda loves the SAT from the confetti in her hair to the bluebonnets under her feet. Never one to miss a reason to host a party or decorate for a theme, Amanda revels in the 'mas Fiesta' attitude of the city. She's mom to Vivi (2012) aka #HurricaneVivi and wife to Francois, whom she met at Texas A&M (FTAC '05). She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Doctorate in Making it Up As She Goes - which means she's a sometimes-fun-mom. You can find her on Instagram . She loves confetti, croissants, and a cold Ranch Water. Favorite Restaurant: Piatti's Favorite Landmark: Johnson Street footbridge in King William Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Fiesta Medals


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