14th Festival de Puerto Rico

Las Fiestas Patronales continue to be an essential part of the Puerto Rican tradition and culture. That is why it was selected to be the theme for the 14th Festival de Puerto Rico in San Antonio to be celebrated at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, from noon until 7:00pm.

Tickets:
Advance Tickets:  $12,   At Door: $15
Child (0-11)  $5
 
When:
Sunday, November 16
12:00 – 7:00 pm
 
Where:
San Antonio Shrine Auditorium
901 N Loop, 1604 West
San Antonio, TX  78232
(Between Stone Oak & Blanco Exit)
 
Purchase tickets at:
International Food Market, 821-6451
Boricua Food Market, 824-5759
Las Americas Latin Food Market, 340-2747
La Garita International Food Market:  375-3187

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FIESTAS PATRONALES DE PUERTO RICO

(Patron Saint Festivals in Puerto Rico)

Las Fiestas Patronales (Patron Saint Festivals) in Puerto Rico are tied to the founding of municipalities and the influential role played by the Catholic Church at the time. These festivities began as a religious celebration, but eventually, secular and folkloric characteristics were incorporated into the festivities. Today, they are famous for the carnaval-like fair attractions, traditional foods, amusement rides, music and entertainment, and local customs.

For the most part, the festival is held around the Main Plaza. The amusement rides (las machinas) include a Merry-Go-Round (los caballitos), a ferris wheel (la estrella), flying chairs (las sillas voladoras), bumper cars (los carritos locos), and a unique Roller-Coaster called el gusano, among others.

Food vendors are found in every corner selling snow cones (piraguas or raspao), fruit flavored ice cream served in a small paper cup, cotton candy (algodón), tropical candy like marrayo and gofio, beef turnovers, pork cracklings (chicharrón volao), and more.

Let’s not forget Las Picas (miniature horse racing machines) where only the adults were permitted to place bets. The wooden horses were painted in bright colors with each sporting a different number. They ran in its own track and cranked manually with the manivela or handle. (learn more)

Las Fiestas Patronales continue to be an essential part of the Puerto Rican tradition and culture. That is why it was selected to be the theme for the 14th Festival de Puerto Rico in San Antonio to be celebrated at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, from noon until 7:00pm.

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Thank you also to the following businesses for their support!

Airmoza’s Catering
Boricua Food Market
Diana Aleman
International  Food Market
Las Americas Latin Food Market
Nails by Me (Martha Luna)
South Texas Smiles (Dr. Ana Maldonado)
The Menger Hotel
The Salon (Robert Reyes) at 281&Thousand Oaks

 

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