April 21 in San Antonio history…
Along with the usual buggies and floats, three automobiles participated in the 14th annual Battle of Flowers parade.
Mae West, in town for a one-week engagement at the Majestic Theatre, receives an invitation for “La Noche de Fiesta” from event chairman Atlee Ayers. The invitation is painted on a tortilla.
King Antonio XXIII, George Friedrich, directs his armada of more than 50 boats down the San Antonio River in the first ever Fiesta River Fête. This replaces the previous tradition of King Antonio arriving in the city by royal coach. The ceremony also serves as a formal dedication of the River Beautification Project.
The refurbished copper Indian is returned to his place atop the old Missouri Pacific depot downtown. Castroville blacksmith Alan Lewis restored the Indian after it was found battered and bent in a nearby field when vandals removed it five years ago.