ASI 2013 Conference Update and News (History continued)

ASI 2013 Annual Conference

Using the Art and Craft of Indexing to Bring Order to the Digital Age
April 17-19, 2013

(Workshops scheduled for Saturday, April 20)


The Early Bird Rate ends on March 22nd

Register Now at the Early Bird Conference Rate! 



Fiesta San Antonio is just 41 days away!   Take advantage of this tax deductible opportunity to combine ASI's 45th Annual Conference with one of Central Texas' premier annual events!   


More on Fiesta San Antonio...


The Pilgrimage to the Alamo

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas has staged its Pilgrimage to the Alamo since 1925. The pilgrimage is a memorial tribute to the Alamo heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn, wreath-bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups walks silently to the Alamo. At the same time, an announcer intones the names of the Alamo defenders from within the Alamo walls. The ceremony concludes with a brief memorial service.


The Texas Cavaliers River Parade

For years King Antonio had no set tradition for his official arrival at Fiesta; he used planes, trains and automobiles. When the Works Progress Administration completed improvements to the San Antonio River in 1941, the Cavaliers decided to introduce the king in a river parade-the first event to take place on the river after the improvements.


Today the River Parade is one of the few in the nation in which the floats really do float. About 250,000 people line the banks to enjoy the event.


The Fiesta Flambeau Parade

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade began in 1948. The parade's name comes from the French word for a candlestick or torch. In the event's early years, four-man brigades marched between the other units, carrying torches on five-foot poles. Today Boy Scouts carry safety flares. All the floats in the Flambeau Parade are lighted.


Other events

Fiesta has grown over the years to a 10-day celebration featuring some 100 events that feature music, food, sports, pageantry, military and patriotic observances, exhibits, and parades. Nonprofit organizations sponsor every activity. The festival has an economic impact of nearly $284 million on the city of San Antonio.


Past Fiestas have featured regattas, synchronized swimming, polo matches, a hot-air balloon race, rifle competitions and bowling tournaments. Long-time traditions include:

  • Cornyation: a raucous show lampooning San Antonio headlines and personalities.
  • St. Mary's Oyster Bake: two days of food (including 100,000 oysters) and live music on the St. Mary's University campus. Oyster Bake has been a San Antonio tradition for more than 90 years.
  • The Women's Fiesta Soccer Tournament: an invitational tournament featuring top teams from around the nation.

Each year, the Fiesta San Antonio Commission accepts several new nonprofit organizations as members sponsoring official Fiesta events.


Viva Fiesta!

For well over a century, Fiesta San Antonio has offeredfun for all ages. From parades to carnival rides, there's something for everyone. So bring the whole family. Fiesta® San Antonio is waiting for you!


Make Your Room Reservation Now!




Make Your  hotel reservation now while the group rate of $149 is still available!

The cut-off date for the ASI rate is March 26th. After that date the group rate will no longer be available and the hotel will only be able to offer rates between $284 to $309. 


The Hotel Contessa

is located on the Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River. The Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

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