UTSA celebrates with official Fiesta event April 19 at Sombrilla Plaza

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Fiesta UTSA (Photo by Mark McClendon)

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(April 17, 2013) --UTSA's official Fiesta San Antonio event, Fiesta UTSA "Fiesta de Honor!" is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Sombrilla Plaza on the UTSA Main Campus. Student organizations will offer food, activities and music with proceeds benefiting their organizations.

Latin funk band Xperimento from Miami will open the event with a live performance at 11 a.m. Several student organizations will perform for Fiesta UTSA.

Fiesta royalty including El Rey Feo LXV and King Antonio will arrive at 1 p.m. for an onstage ceremony with President Ricardo Romo at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate Fiesta UTSA's 36th year.

Running April 18-28, Fiesta San Antonio is a 10-day annual festival coordinated by the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, a private nonprofit organization. With more than 100 Fiesta events produced entirely by local nonprofit groups, the events generate funding for scholarships, grants, health organizations, and arts and music groups.

Fiesta began in 1891 when San Antonio women staged a Battle of Flowers in front of the Alamo to commemorate the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto.

Fiesta UTSA and Party on the Paseo are annual, alcohol-free events that are free and open to the public. An unofficial Fiesta event during the city-wide celebrations, Party on the Paseo is a BACCHUS Network General Assembly Outstanding Creative Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program award-winning event. It is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the University Center Paseo on the UTSA Main Campus.

Sponsored by UTSA student organizations, Party on the Paseo is geared toward alcohol awareness. It is funded, in part, by a supporting grant from the U.S. Department of Education for reducing alcohol abuse among college students. Party on the Paseo is credited with a dramatic decrease in alcohol violations on campus during the opening weekend of Fiesta.

Live musical performances will be provided by San Antonio groups Greg G: The Golden Child and The Krayolas. Greg G will start off the night with a performance at 6:30 p.m.; the Krayolas will follow.

This year, Party on the Paseo will be the culminating activity for the first-ever Texas Research, Education, Assessment and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) Alcohol Coalition Summit Wednesday, April 24 to Thursday, April 25. Colleges and universities from across the state will be on campus to address and discuss alcohol abuse among college students.

For more information, call the UTSA Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160.