A Night in Old San Antonio : A History in Photographs
Cracking colorful, confetti—filled eggs known as cascarones is part of the NIOSA experience. Some say that having a cascaron broken over your head brings good luck. The Empress Carlota receives credit for bringing the tradition from Spain to Mexico in the mid—1800s. Nearly one hundred years later, cascarones appeared at NIOSA's 1959 Mexican Market. Roughly 35 Conservation Society volunteers now work year—round, each year, to make more than 120,000 of the popular confetti eggs.

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Photo by Paul Overstreet, Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation
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Cracking a confetti filled cascaron, 1983.Cracking a confetti filled cascaron, 1983.