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Peacock Military Academy Fiesta Dress Parade and Acrobatic Riding Exhibition

April 21, 2014

Schools have participated in Fiesta San Antonio since almost the beginning. By the early 1900s, students were regularly featured on floats in the Battle of Flowers Parade. Later, a few schools organized their own events. One of them was Peacock Military Academy, established in 1894. The impetus for the event was the academy’s “Monkey Drill Team” that was drawing enthusiastic fans during public appearances in the late 1930s. Fiesta was a logical occasion to demonstrate the horsemanship of the cadets. In 1946, Peacock’s parade and riding exhibition was added to the official Fiesta calendar. It was held on Thursday afternoon of Fiesta week at the academy parade grounds at 1800 Cincinnati Avenue. The event, featuring a dress parade and performances of the school’s drill teams, was held annually until the academy closed in 1973.

These photographs, taken on April 22, 1948, are from the San Antonio Light Collection.

 

A member of the Peacock Monkey Drill Team demonstrates Roman riding. (MS 359: L-3560-I-11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Antonio XXVI and other guests of honor on the reviewing stand.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-l)

King Antonio XXVI and other guests of honor on the reviewing stand. (MS 359: L-3560-I-1)

 

The Peacock Drum Corp passes in review.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-3)

The Peacock Drum Corp passes in review. (MS 359: L-3560-I-3)

 

Cadet Charles Ritchie leads the McKinnon Rifles.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-2)

Cadet Charles Ritchie leads the McKinnon Rifles. (MS 359: L-3560-I-2)

 

The Peacock Lancers, the academy’s cavalry troop.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-4)

The Peacock Lancers, the academy’s cavalry troop. (MS 359: L-3560-I-4)

 

Cadet Staff Sgt. Bill Edwards leads the Peacock Monkey Drillers through a bareback acrobatic riding exhibition in front of a crowd of about 5,000 spectators.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-13)

Cadet Staff Sgt. Bill Edwards leads the Peacock Monkey Drillers through a bareback acrobatic riding exhibition in front of a crowd of about 5,000 spectators. (MS 359: L-3560-I-13)

 

Cadet First Captain Carroll Womack leads the Peacock Zouaves in a fast-cadence precision drill.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-14)

Cadet First Captain Carroll Womack leads the Peacock Zouaves in a fast-cadence precision drill. (MS 359: L-3560-I-14)

 

The Zouaves scale a 12 foot wall in 49 seconds.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-15)

The Zouaves scale a 12 foot wall in 49 seconds. (MS 359: L-3560-I-15)

 

Ten-year old Bill McCandless, mascot, puts the academy’s five-gated horse through his paces.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-10)

Ten-year old Bill McCandless, mascot, puts the academy’s five-gated horse through his paces. (MS 359: L-3560-I-10)

 

King Antonio XXVI (Park Street) visits with cadets following the event.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-6)

King Antonio XXVI (Park Street) visits with cadets following the event. (MS 359: L-3560-I-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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