San Jacinto Day Festival

The annual San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment will be held tomorrow at the San Jacinto Battleground in east Harris County. Jim Bell reports.
This annual celebration of the battle that won Texas independence from Mexico in 1836 features historically correct encampments and villages with soldiers and civilians in period clothing, and living history exhibits depicting life on the Texas frontier in the 1830s. The highlight is the battle reenactment, with hundreds of volunteers playing Texian and Mexican soldiers. San Jacinto Museum President Larry Spasic says the volunteers work hard to make the battle as historically accurate as possible.

"They're very familiar with the history of the Battle of San Jacinto, and the history of Texas indeed, and they spend many years accurately reproducing the clothing, tools and weaponry of that period."

Spasic says even though the Mexican army lost that battle, San Jacinto Day honors all those who fought for Texas independence.

"We have to keep in mind that the original supporters of the independence of Texas were the Zavallas, and the Navarros and the Seguins. And of course the Texas revolution did not start in Texas. It started in Mexico as a revolt against Santa Anna."

The San Jacinto Day Festival goes all day tomorrow from 10am till 6pm at the San Jacinto Battleground, off State Highway 225 between Deer Park and LaPorte. Just follow the signs.

Jim Bell, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.