Fiesta postponed to the Fall

Fiesta postponed to the Fall

According to KENS5.com today, San Antonio's Fiesta will be postponed this year, but event and city leaders say the party eventually will go on.

On Friday morning, organizers officially announced that Fiesta San Antonio would be postponed until November 5-15, 2020.

The festival that boasts the second-largest parade in the country was slated to start April 16, but as the number of coronavirus cases continued to increase nationwide, so did the citywide anxiety about hosting such an enormous celebration.

On Monday, more than 100 non-profit organizations met with the Fiesta San Antonio Commission and San Antonio Metro Health to discuss the latest coronavirus developments. At that time, the commission's executive director, Amy Shaw, expressed hope that Fiesta could go on without cancellation or postponement. That changed with Friday's announcement.

Evolving precautions

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there hasn't been any community spread of coronavirus in San Antonio or Austin. 

Regardless, Austin officials canceled the city's famous film and music festival, South By Southwest, on March 6. Following that announcement, Fiesta organizers had issued a statement saying that "Fiesta 2020 is going forward as planned.

Two petitions on change.org were created following SXSW's cancellation, questioning whether San Antonio officials should do the same with Fiesta.