ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine threw a big birthday party this weekend, celebrating the city's founder, Pedro Menendez and Spanish history.
The Noche de Gala was Saturday night. It started with a grand procession from the Casa Monica Hotel to the Lightner Museum.
The event celebrates what would have been the 495th birthday of Menendez as well as the relationship between St. Augustine and Aviles, Spain, the city of Menendez birth.
Aviles, Spain and St. Augustine are sister cities.
The Noche de Gala is one of the premier events in St. Augustine. Dignitaries from Spain were in attendance. Many people dressed in colonial formal attire. First coast News' Jessica Clark attended the event.