Fiesta San Antonio, the citywide celebration commemorating the history and culture of San Antonio, kicked off celebrations Thursday. The City of San Antonio welcomes locals and visitors from around the world who attend the annual event to enjoy the many festivities through Sunday, April 26.

The City’s Green. Fit. Friendly. Fiesta initiative reminds Fiesta-goers to think “green” by recycling, using alternative modes of transportation, making healthier food choices and promoting a smoke-free environment.

“Five years ago, we responded to community requests by initiating a recycling program for the first time ever during Fiesta,” Mayor Ivy R. Taylor said. “We’ve seen a great change toward picking up litter and recycling rather than throwing away plastic bottles and cups. Let’s make Green. Fit. Friendly. Fiesta as much a tradition as Fiesta itself.”

Fiesta attendees are asked to place plastic bottles and aluminum cans in recycling receptacles 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 staff and volunteers from the City of San Antonio and Keep San Antonio Beautiful will distribute yellow-mesh bags to collect recyclables during the Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau parades. Parade attendees who are seen utilizing the yellow mesh recycling bags correctly may receive a special Fiesta medal for their efforts.

Residents and visitors are also encouraged to utilize the City’s bike share program, San Antonio B-Cycle, for travel to and from Fiesta events. San Antonio offers 55 B-Cycle stations and 450 bikes convenient to downtown with day and weekly passes for purchase. Annual memberships are also offered.


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