UTSA revels in 2017 Fiesta San Antonio festivities

University celebrates the annual party with a purpose with events for the whole family.

UTSA celebrates the annual party with a purpose with events for the whole family.

(April 13, 2017) -- ¡Viva Fiesta! It's time to celebrate Fiesta San Antonio. The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is ringing in this year's festivities in style with a series of fun, family-friendly events to get everyone in the Fiesta spirit.

UTSA is getting the party started early with a pre-Fiesta official event, the UTSA Football Fiesta Spring Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at Dub Farris Stadium at 8400 North Loop 1604 West. The game will give Roadrunner fans a chance to see the team in action before the regular season kicks off in September. Other Fiesta participating Organizations and some Fiesta Royalty will also be in attendance for a pre-game parade and presentation of the game ball. Free bus transportation for UTSA students will be provided every 20 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in front of the Convocation Center. The return buses will run every 20 minutes from 3 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. at Dub Farris Stadium.

Fiesta's official kickoff is Fiesta Fiesta on Thursday, April 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hemisfair Park. UTSA students will participate in a walking parade and Rowdy will be there to get the crowd excited.

The UTSA Main Campus is the place to be on April 21. Join the community for "40 years of Celebrating!" at Fiesta UTSA from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 70 colorful booths will fill Sombrilla Plaza where Fiesta goers of all ages will enjoy games, live music by The e7 Band, piñatas and cascarones. Students will sell food, drinks and other items to raise funds for student organizations. Fiesta royalty is scheduled to make an appearance at approximately 1:25 p.m. Fiesta UTSA is free and open to the public.

UTSA's Party on the Paseo is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 along the Paseo on the Main Campus. The unofficial Fiesta event is an alcohol-free party that's a favorite among the UTSA community and San Antonio families. There will be free food, live music and other activities. Students will also be able to test out texting and driving and drunk driving simulators.

Roadrunners will also participate in three Fiesta parades. Come to the River Walk to see UTSA's "I Love the 80's" float cruise down the river in the Texas Cavaliers River Parade from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 24.

The theme for UTSA's float in the Battle of Flowers Parade is the children's story, "The Roadrunners Dance." UTSA students and Mr. and Ms. UTSA will join the float as it moves along the streets of downtown San Antonio on Friday, April 28 from 12:20 p.m. to 4 p.m.

UTSA will shine bright at the Fiesta Flambeau Parade from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 in downtown San Antonio. The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio marching band will accompany students and Mr. and Ms. UTSA who will be uniformed in flashing UTSA t-shirts as they walk beside UTSA's float titled "Celebrating the Roadrunners Dance."

UTSA parking permit holders can enjoy Fiesta's downtown festivities without the hassle of parking. Permit holders can park at the Downtown Campus where the permit allows.

Before you celebrate, be sure to get the 2017 UTSA Fiesta medal, now on sale at the Roadrunner Express on the Main Campus and the Fiesta store in downtown San Antonio. This year's design features the iconic UTSA Sombrilla Plaza fountain, colorful confetti and Rowdy the Roadrunner, symbolizing UTSA's vibrant campus life.

Continuing a UTSA Fiesta tradition, the UTSA Monument Lights will shine the colors of Fiesta throughout the ten days, alternating orange, blue, green, pink, purple and yellow.

Fiesta San Antonio runs April 20-30.

- Courtney Clevenger


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