The Battle of Flowers Association is:
- An organization of women volunteers, recognized on Parade Day by their yellow dresses and yellow hats.
- The organization which started what is known today as Fiesta® San Antonio by staging the first Battle of Flowers Parade in 1891 as a patriotic celebration to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo and to commemorate the victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.
- A civic, non-profit, tax-exempt organization in San Antonio, Texas, whose purpose is to teach the history of our state and to keep alive the patriotic traditions of Texas and San Antonio.
The Battle of Flowers Association originated as the Battle of Flowers Parade committee. In 1914 a constitution was adopted, a charter and seal were granted, and the name officially became The Battle of Flowers Association of San Antonio, with active membership limited to 400. Its purpose was designed to teach the history of our state and to keep alive the patriotic traditions of Texas and San Antonio. In 1992 The Battle of Flowers® was registered as our exclusive trademark and service mark.
The Battle of the Flowers® Association owes its accomplishments to the San Antonio women who have carried forth its torch to the community. No group knows better that it takes many hands to weave together a tapestry of beauty.
This greatly abbreviated chronicle of The Battle of Flowers makes no pretense of exactness, but captures a few of the many milestones of amazing work performed by the women, of the Battle of Flowers Association, from the very first parade, to the present.
93RD ANNUAL ORATORICAL CONTEST OF THE BATTLE OF FLOWERS® ASSOCIATION
Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Witte Museum in San Antonio
9:00 am – Preliminary round of speeches
1:15 pm – Final round of speeches
Held annually on a topic of Texas history since 1926, our oratorical contest is the oldest university and college-level competition in the state of Texas. Our historical event awards generous monetary prizes to its five top finalists.
The topic for the 2018 Oratorical Contest is:
A LONE STAR LOVE AFFAIR: TEXAS RANCHERS & TREASURED LANDS
The benefits for students selected to compete in this prestigious competition are many:
- For our 2018 contest, the prizes will be $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place, $750 for fourth place and $500 for fifth place.
- NEW THIS YEAR: A monetary award will be given to the university department of the student’s Faculty Advisor for each of the top three contestant Places; $1,000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place and $250 for Third Place.
- Contestants who have delivered their entire speech by memory during the Preliminary Round but are not chosen for the Final Session will each receive an award of $125.
- The contest winner will deliver his or her speech to an audience of 500 dignitaries and association members at the Battle of Flowers annual Luncheon to be held during Fiesta Week on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
- The following day, Friday, April 27, 2018, the contest winner will ride in the Battle of Flowers Parade through downtown San Antonio. This is the third largest parade in the nation and is televised to over 1 million people.
- Copies of the first and second place speeches will be archived in the Battle of Flowers Associations permanent records.
Students interested in entering the Oratorical Contest should go to Important 2018 Contest Information & Application shown below. Please take a moment to view the two videos featured on our website, as these provide a better understanding of our contest day and subsequent activities/benefits for the first place winner. We also have a Facebook Page at battleofflowersoratorical that showcases contest information and photographs. Don’t delay as entries and supporting documentation must be returned on or before November 2, 2017 to the email address listed below!
Letter to Universities (pdf)
Oratorical Contest Rules (pdf)
Description of Topic (pdf)
Guidelines for a Successful Speech (pdf)
Oratorical Contest 2018 Entry Form (pdf)
Watch the winning speech from the 2016 Oratorical Contest.
Here is the winning speech from the 2015 Oratorical Contest.
Vicki Boyce, 2018 Oratorical Contest Chair
Margaret Judson, 2018 University Liaison