Hundreds have already camped out along Broadway in downtown San Antonio, all in hopes of getting a ‘front row’ seat for the Friday’s Battle of the Flowers Day Parade.
While Fiesta does sell tickets for actual seats along the parade route, there are those families that would rather stick to tradition.
“My family has been in this spot, next to the ‘Pig Stand’ for the past 23 years,” said one man with his family next to him. “We start setting up little by little a week before, and by Friday it’s all set up.”
Families brought with them tents, BBQ grills, canopies and even rented port-a-potties for the week.
“We could buy tickets but it’s just not the same,” said one woman. “This is our own Fiesta tradition and camping out and sleeping under this underpass, having a good time is something we really look forward to.”
It’s really unclear if camping out, in full camp gear and BBQ pits is allowed according to city code, but that has never stopped anyone, said one many unloading his tools from his truck.
“The cops for the most part are really understanding, they know we’re all here to celebrate,” the man said. “We do what they ask, clean up after ourselves and really just try and keep the peace.”
Families say they plan on leaving and going back home come Sunday, the end of Fiesta.
“We have been staking out this spot for over a year,” a woman said laughing. “It sounds silly, but we really get it ready… we cut the grass ahead of time, and start marking our names along the area…. It’s our family tradition.”
The parade starts at 12:30 pm.