Fiesta UTSA celebration is 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April 20 at Sombrilla Plaza

students at Fiesta UTSA

Students at Fiesta UTSA (Photo by Mark McClendon)

>> UTSA Fiesta medals are available for $3 at the Roadrunner Express store at the University Center paseo on the Main Campus. Order medals at 210-458-6159 or rrexpress@utsa.edu.

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(April 18, 2012) -- UTSA's annual official Fiesta San Antonio event, Fiesta UTSA "Fiesta De Musica!," is 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April 20 at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus. Student organizations will sponsor food, activities and music with proceeds benefiting the organizations.

Fiesta royalty including King Antonio and El Rey Feo (The Ugly King) will arrive at 1 p.m. directly from the Alamo. The event on the opening day of Fiesta San Antonio is free and open to the public.

Running April 19-29 this year, Fiesta San Antonio is an 11-day annual festival each April coordinated by the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, a private nonprofit organization. With more than 100 Fiesta events produced entirely by local nonprofit groups, the events generate funding for scholarships, grants, health organizations, and arts and music groups.

Fiesta began in April 1891 when San Antonio women staged a Battle of Flowers in front of the Alamo to commemorate the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto.

Fiesta UTSA is an alcohol-free event, along with the upcoming Party on the Paseo, set for 6:30-10:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at the University Center paseo on the Main Campus. There will be food, live music by 80's cover band Members Only and the U.S. Navy Band-New Orleans, games and prizes. Members Only will perform 11-11:45 a.m. and 1:45-2:30 p.m.  The U.S. Navy Band-New Orleans will perform 12:15-1 p.m. For more information, call the UTSA Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160.

An unofficial Fiesta event during the celebration, Party on the Paseo is a national award winner. Sponsored by the student organization Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR), it is geared toward alcohol awareness and received a supporting grant of more than $15,000 from the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission. Music at the event will be provided by Filligar and the Lost.

Party on the Paseo is credited with a dramatic decrease in alcohol violations on campus during the opening weekend of Fiesta. In the first year of the program, violations decreased from 14 to seven -- and then down to one last year.