Battle of Flowers Parade on Film
In a final blog entry dedicated to the history of Fiesta and the Battle of Flowers Parade, we are excited to highlight some footage of past parades contained in the library’s collection of Battle of Flowers Association records. The earliest film is believed to show the 1928 parade, and a second reel dates from 1930. The remaining footage shows each parade from most years between 1952 and 1986.
We have extracted a few minutes of the 1971 and 1976 parades to show here. The clips were selected based on the personal interests of some members of the DRT Library staff. Diane Temple (nee Cermin), mother of Stephanie Boothby, reference librarian, can be seen in the 1971 parade as the head majorette for Highlands High School. Leslie Stapleton, DRT Library director, participated in the 1976 parade as a second grader on the float for St. George Episcopal School.
The DRT Library wishes to thank Matson Multi Media and Audio Specialists, Inc., of San Antonio for donating their time and expertise to transfer all of the parade footage from film to DVD.
Please note that the playback speed of these videos is double the speed of the original films.