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Published on Monday, April 22, 2019

Green. Fit. Friendly. Fiesta kicks off

CONTACT: Kelly Kapaun Saunders, (210) 207-8031


SAN ANTONIO (Apr. 22, 2019) – 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, takes place April 18 through 28, 2019.


Fiesta San Antonio is one of our city’s signature events, with 10 days of fun-filled celebrations commemorating the history and culture of San Antonio. By recycling, using alternative modes of transportation, making healthier food choices and promoting a smoke-free environment, residents and visitors can help keep San Antonio looking its best.


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. Solid Waste Management Department staff will distribute paper recycling bags during the Fiesta Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau parades to collect recyclables. City volunteers and Keep San Antonio Beautiful will assist with collecting recyclables during the parade. The public can return the paper bags filled with recyclables to one of the 29 redemption stations to receive a special Fiesta medal. For more information and a list of medal redemption stations, visit


Parade attendees can swipe left on Snapchat to snap a photo with a special Green. Fit. Friendly. Fiesta filter to show 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 SAWS water truck will be located next to Milam Park on Houston Street.


To promote physical fitness during Fiesta, residents and visitors are encouraged to utilize SWell Cycle, the City’s bike share program, to travel downtown for Fiesta events. In addition, VIA Metropolitan Transit will continue the tradition of providing convenient and affordable Park & Ride Special Event Service to and from many Fiesta events. For more information, visit


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 1891 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.


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