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Fiesta returns, but smaller in scale

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Fiesta is back, and Night In Old San Antonio is among of the returning major events. Photo by Edmond Ortiz

After the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of Fiesta 2020, San Antonio’s biggest party is returning with safety measures and fewer events.

The Fiesta San Antonio Commission has released the final Fiesta 2021 calendar, with officially sanctioned events happening June 17-27.

The celebration traditionally takes place in April.

The commission spent months working with city officials to determine when and how to resume the festival, which raises money for dozens of local nonprofits.

The festival commemorates Texas independence.

Commission President Baltazar “Walter” Serna Jr. in a statement said, “Working with health expert Dr. Marty Makary and based on the current and projected scientific data, the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, the city of San Antonio and (San Antonio Metropolitan) Health have determined that Fiesta 2021 can occur safely.”

Citing mainly logistical concerns, organizers of more than 60 events await to return in 2022 with their events.

Some major events not happening this year include Alamo Heights Night, the Battle of Flowers and Flambeau parades, King William Fair, Taste of the Northside, Taste of New Orleans, and Oyster Bake.

According to the Fiesta Commission, all official events may operate at 100% capacity. People who plan to attend events where dense crowds may wear a mask, even if fully vaccinated, but will not be required to do so.

The ever-popular Night In Old San Antonio, slated this year for June 22-25, is typically one of the most-attended of Fiesta events. The city of San Antonio and Metro Health will set up three mobile COVID-19 vaccination sites all nights of NIOSA from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the public. Vaccinations will be available for volunteers starting at 4 p.m.

Clinic sites will be located on the NIOSA grounds in Clown Alley (Maverick Plaza), South of the Border (Villita Street) and Mexican Market (Assembly Building patio) areas. Interested people must present identification. Vaccine suppliers will vary and will not be known in advance.

Metropolitan Health is also urging organizers of events on non-city property to have some type of masking requirement. For more, visit https://fiestasanantonio.org.

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

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