Spectator parking areas will open at 5:00 pm and will be available in select lots at Alamo Stadium, Trinity University, and the SAWS parking garage. Additional open parking is available in the Sunken Gardens and SA Zoo areas.
Come early and enjoy the SAISD High School Mariachi Group and the Northside Folklorico Dancers, who will be performing the pre-show entertainment.
About the Festival
The 79th Battle of Flowers® Band Festival, held on April 27, 2017, and is entitled “Blazing Trails!”
Students from more than 30 high school bands from San Antonio and surrounding areas will join forces to present an entertaining musical evening that is undoubtedly one of Fiesta’s most popular events. Some of the highlights will include Herald Trumpets saluting Fiesta royalty, parades of high stepping bands with colorful flags and twirlers, and specially chosen feature bands performing their award-winning UIL shows for the crowd. At the end of the evening, all 4,800 musicians will perform together on the field in a spectacular crowd-pleasing finale set to fireworks!
The Battle of Flowers® Association sponsors an annual competition among area high school students to design the cover for the Band Festival program. From among the entries, 30 drawings will be selected by a local judge. Those entries will be framed and displayed at a reception honoring the students and their art instructors. The top five winners will receive cash awards. The winning submission will be displayed on the cover of more than 12,000 programs.
The Band Festival is organized and sponsored by the Battle of Flowers® Association, which was chartered in 1914 with the mission of celebrating Texas history. The Band Festival first became a part of Fiesta in 1935. An executive committee composed of area band directors and music educators works with Battle of Flowers® Association volunteers to plan the evening’s program.
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