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San Antonio's annual Fiesta rescheduled for summer, parades canceled

Sabrina LeBoeuf
The plaza at the Alamo is filled with people celbrating Fiesta. Fiesta, San Antonio s 11-day citywide party, started in 1891. In the background you can see some of the historic buildings that the Texas General Land Office is planning to buy.
credit: Victor Martins

This April, Texans will have to forgo the beloved tradition of Fiesta in San Antonio, at least for a little while. 

The Fiesta San Antonio Commission and the City of San Antonio announced that festivities will be postponed to mid-June citing the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say moving events to June will allow for better health and safety against COVID-19 while still bringing in needed support to local organizations. 

“Based on current data on viral transmission, June is projected to be a very low point in the viral prevalence in the area, given the high levels of natural and vaccinated immunity we will achieve by May.” Dr. Marty Makary said in a press release. “The Fiesta San Antonio Commission and Mayor’s office have appropriately prioritized safety in considering a modified Fiesta.”

Fiesta fans will have to wait a bit longer for other events, such as The Battle Of Flowers Parade and Fiesta Flambeau Parade. Both have been cancelled for 2021, but are expected to return to the festivities lineup in 2022. Starting Feb. 15, ticket holders can request a refund or decide to convert their ticket into a tax-deductible donation. The window for either option closes on March 15. 

The complete list of rescheduled events can be found here.