Contact: Kelly Kapaun, (210) 207-8031
SAN ANTONIO (April 20, 2017)—The City of San Antonio encourages Fiesta goers to think “green” by recycling, using alternative modes of transportation, making healthier food choices and promoting a smoke-free environment. Fiesta San Antonio, the annual city-wide celebration commemorating the history and culture of San Antonio, will take place April 20-30, 2017.
“As we welcome locals and visitors from all around the world to celebrate the history and culture of our city during Fiesta, we all have a responsibility to help keep our city looking beautiful,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “Let’s all have fun, collect medals and go green!”
Fiesta attendees are encouraged to place plastic bottles and aluminum cans in recycling bins at Fiesta events and parades. Blue recycling and brown garbage carts will be stationed at most street intersections along parade routes for convenient disposal of items. Volunteers from the City’s volunteer program and Keep San Antonio Beautiful will distribute clear recycling bags during the Fiesta Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau parades to collect recyclables. The public can return the clear bags filled with recyclables to redemption stations to receive a special Fiesta medal. For more information and a list of medal redemption stations, visit sarecycles.org/fiesta.
Visit the special Green. Fit. Friendly. Fiesta photo booth at the Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday, April 28 and get your photo taken to show your support for keeping our City beautiful during Fiesta. Tag yourself on social media making green and healthy choices by using the hashtag #GreenFitFriendlyFiesta. At the Battle of Flowers Parade, stop by the San Antonio Water System’s (SAWS) water truck to refill your reusable water bottles. The photo booth and SAWS water truck will be located in the City Hall parking lot (100 Military Plaza).
“We encourage Fiesta attendees to take pride in our city and think ‘green’ this year,” said John Jacks, Center City Development & Operations Interim Director. “We are working hard to make the celebrations healthier, safer, cleaner, and better than ever during this festive time of year.”
To promote physical fitness during Fiesta, residents and visitors are encouraged to utilize San Antonio B-cycle, the City’s bike share program, to travel downtown for Fiesta events.
The City’s smoking ban prohibits smoking in areas with public rights of way along streets, sidewalks and the San Antonio River during three Fiesta parades: Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade, Fiesta Battle of Flowers Parade and Fiesta Flambeau Parade. Private properties are excluded from the ban; however, voluntary compliance is encouraged.
Fiesta San Antonio began in 1901 with a small group of residents in horse-drawn carriages with fresh flowers to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today, as one of San Antonio’s signature events, Fiesta San Antonio features 100 events that boast music, food, sports, pageantry, military and patriotic observances, exhibits and parades.
For more information, visit fiesta-sa.org or sanantonio.gov.