(From left) Battle of Flowers Band Festival Chair Cameron Armstrong, Battle of Flowers Association President Anna-Laura Block, and Battle of Flowers Parade Chair Melissa Branch announce the rescheduled date. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

One of San Antonio’s signature Fiesta events has a new date. The Battle of Flowers Parade will take place Nov. 13, organizers announced at a press conference Sunday evening.

“We feel that our events must go on,” Battle of Flowers Association President Anna-Laura Block said. “The Battle of Flowers is where Fiesta began 129 years ago and we won’t be stopping now.”

Just minutes after Mayor Ron Nirenberg declared a public health emergency related to the novel coronavirus and banned public gatherings of 500 or more people, Fiesta Commission officials announced Friday they would shift the celebration to November.

On Sunday night, organizers with the Battle of Flowers Parade and Band Festival confirmed both events would proceed as expected in November.

Melissa Branch, the parade’s chair, said organizers expect some groups won’t be able to participate with the change of plans. Typically the parade has over 200 entries, she added.

The parade’s organizers plan to reach out to school districts to gauge participation and hope the event will be well-attended.

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The band festival does not have a concrete date just yet, but Band Festival Chair Cameron Armstrong said officials at Alamo Stadium already indicated they are willing to work with the event to get it scheduled.

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.