San Jacinto Day Festival brings history to life

An actor portrays a soldier in the San Jacinto Day Festival battle reenactment

April 21, 2012 7:17:07 PM PDT
History came to life Saturday morning in La Porte with the annual San Jacinto Day Festival.

The event marked the 176th anniversary of Texas Independence.

Attendees enjoyed music, food and games.

The most popular event of the day was the battle reenactment, which annually dramatizes the winning 18-minute battle Gen. Sam Houston led over the Mexican army 176 years ago.

Without the battle, historians say Texas would have never won its independence from Mexico.