The colors were vivid, the cheers were loud and the talent was strong as Harlandale's rich history and tradition shined at the 41st Annual Cultural Arts Festival.
Thousands of spectators lined Roosevelt Avenue to enjoy San Antonio’s biggest little parade.
Melissa Kazen, executive vice president for Communities in Schools, served as the Grand Marshal and led the procession. More than 100 parade entries followed.
Mayor Ivy Taylor, Bexar County District Attorney Nico La Hood, Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, State Representative Tomas Uresti and Tax Assesor-Collector Albert Uresti showed their support by taking part in the parade.
Students and staff showcased their creative talents as they flipped, danced, played instruments and sang their way down Roosevelt Avenue.
The parade came to an end at Harlandale Memorial Stadium just as the festival got started. The smell of turkey legs, brisket nachos, sausage wraps and other tasty foods filled the air as kids rushed to line up for carnival rides provided free of charge thanks to a sponsorship from Southtrust Bank.
The opening ceremony presented the grand marshal and the descendants with plaques before the talent show got started. The formal Descendants Ceremony was held prior to the parade at Mission San Jose.
The talent show featured 20 different acts that varied from mariachi presentations to a theatre arts play and a sign language interpretation of the Top 40 song ‘Closer’ by The Chain Smokers.
Elementary choir performances, chess tournaments and games kept attendees entertained.
As the last choir performance wrapped up, families went home with goldfish they won as game prizes, chalupa-stuffed stomachs and hearts full of Harlandale pride.
Let the countdown for next Cultural Arts begin!