For months, Ayusa students and staff members in San Antonio, Texas have been preparing for their participation in the Annual Battle of Flower Parade. The parade is in remembrance of the Battle of San Jacinto and fallen soldiers of the Alamo. Each year, carriages and floats are constructed around a central theme – this year's was "Hats Off to Texas!" Ayusa students, dressed in native costumes, entitled their carriage "International Hats Off to Texas!"
On April 24th over 300,000 people gathered to watch this unique and entertaining parade, which is one of the largest in the nation. It is tradition that onlookers in the crowd yell "Show us your shoes!" to those in the floats. Ayusa students had a variety of international footwear to show in response including wooden Dutch shoes, Pakistani slippers, homemade Iraqi slippers, Japanese wooden shoes and more!
Ayusa students represented 7 different countries in the carriage. In honor of Global Youth Service Day, two groups of students volunteered as "Pooper Scoopers," following horses in the parade. In total, 18 students, four adults and two students in bands participated in the Battle of the Flowers Festivities.
The hard-work and dedication paid off! Out of 206 entries, Ayusa's c arriage won 1st Prize!!!! The students were all amazed and excited to be part of such a big and memorable event.
Congratulations! Our hats go off to you!