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Fiesta UTSA
Fiesta UTSA

Fiesta UTSA helps kick off long-standing San Antonio tradition April 16

(April 15, 2004)--The UTSA community will celebrate a kick-off event of Fiesta San Antonio at Fiesta UTSA. The event is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April 16 at Sombrilla Plaza on the 1604 Campus. Fiesta San Antonio is April 16-25.

Sponsored by the UTSA Campus Activities board (CAB), the event is open to all and features a carnival-style atmosphere with food and game booths hosted by student organizations.

Live music will be provided by Dragonfly with dance entertainment by UMOJA and FSA.

Proceeds from the food and entertainment booths benefit student organizations and community charities. Food and beverage prices at the booths may vary.

For more information, contact CAB at 210-458-4727.

According to the official Fiesta San Antonio Web site, the celebration began in 1891 when a group of ladies decorated horse-drawn carriages, paraded in front of the Alamo and pelted each other with flower blossoms.

The parade was organized to honor the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. The original Battle of Flowers parade became an annual event and grew into a unique, multicultural, community celebration.

From its small beginnings, Fiesta developed into an elaborate ten-day celebration featuring more than 150 events, including a parade on floats in the San Antonio River.

--Tim Brownlee

University Communications
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