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Fiesta 2021 postponed until summer over COVID-19 concerns

The annual 10-day event usually held in April has been postponed to June in San Antonio over coronavirus concerns.

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The City of San Antonio (CoSA) and the Fiesta San Antonio Commission (FSAC) announce that Fiesta 2021 will be postponed in April, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates for Fiesta 2021 will be June 17– 27.


Based on support and recommendations from Metro Health, Dr. Marty Makary, and CoSA, the June dates have been selected so that Fiesta can continue its mission of supporting many local non-profit organizations while maintaining its top priority, the health, and safety of all Fiesta guests.

“Delaying Fiesta 2021 until June puts safety first, and it is the right move for our community,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Through the ongoing
vaccination program and our continuing efforts to suppress COVID-19, we are working to be in a better position by June. We are deeply appreciative of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission’s willingness to work with the city’s health professionals to ensure San Antonian’s safety.”

FSAC and CoSA are working with various officials, Metro Health, Fiesta Participating Member Organizations (PMOs), sponsors, vendors, suppliers, volunteers, etc., to determine the health and safety protocols, if any, needed for Fiesta’s events.

“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,” said Dr. Makary. “The Fiesta
San Antonio Commission and Mayor’s office have appropriately prioritized safety in considering a modified Fiesta.”

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The goal of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission has always been to conduct Fiesta in 2021 because each Fiesta PMO has its own unique event operations and
circumstances, unfortunately, some Fiesta events will not occur this year.

“After consulting with the City and Dr. Makary, Fiesta Commission’s consultant, the Fiesta San Antonio Commission Executive Committee supports the decision to postpone Fiesta until June,” said Baltazar (Walter) Serna, President of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission. “We have been monitoring the science and data and believe postponing Fiesta until June is the correct thing to do, at this time. Our number one goal is to assure the safety of our attendees, volunteers, staff, and community.”

For a current list of which events will be rescheduled to June 2021, click here.

Until last year, Fiesta had been celebrated every year since the late 1800s except 1918 during World War I and 1942-1945 during World War II, according to the Fiesta Commission.

Fiesta was originally started when a group of San Antonio citizens honored the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto with the first Battle of Flowers Parade in 1891.

The 11-day party, which generates more than $340 million in economic impact to the community, was postponed last year from April to November before it was ultimately canceled altogether in July.

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