Downtown SA prepares for New Year’s Eve celebration

Celebrate SA has been a New Year’s Eve custom for the reason that mid-Nineteen Nineties. This year, they’re increasing their footprint.

SAN ANTONIO — Crews with the City of San Antonio and the Parks Foundation are preparing for Celebrate SA, the San Antonio custom that is happening practically 30 years. It’s the largest New Year’s Eve occasion in South Texas, welcoming 70,000 individuals to the streets of downtown. 

The occasion is free and welcomes all ages. 

“We really look forward to it every year,” mentioned Libby Day, the director of communications for the Parks Foundation.

However, there’s no occasion with out the prep. Crews began establishing as early as 8 a.m. Friday morning, pitching vendor tents and shutting roads.

Before heading out, there are some issues to recollect:

“I would just be mindful of street closures that’ll be happening as we get everything set up for San Antonio,” Day mentioned. 

The northbound lanes of S. Alamo at the moment are closed as of 8 a.m. Then the total closure of S. Alamo and E. Nueva will occur at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. All roads will reopen by 3 p.m. on January 1.

“We really encourage everyone to plan for safe travel early,” Day mentioned. 

Parking is obtainable on a primary come, first served foundation in heaps and garages. There is not any designated occasion parking so be ready to pay. 

“Make sure that you have safe travel planned, no drinking and driving rideshare are both great options or find a friend who’s willing to be your chauffeur,” Day mentioned. 

Day asks that people depart their alcohol and fireworks at residence, as they’ll have their very own present. Bags are allowed and you’ll even convey your pet so long as they’re on a leash and will not be afraid of the fireworks. 

The Parks Foundation has been working with San Antonio Police and San Antonio Fire, together with the City of San Antonio. Day mentioned there might be loads of safety out there. 

“To make sure we’ve got a safe event that’s ready to welcome everybody into,” Day mentioned. 

There might be stay music, meals and even a carnival for the kiddos on the nook of S. Alamo and Cesar Chavez.

But don’t overlook to move to the Riverwalk.

“We’ve expanded the footprint to include Arneson. So we’ve really encouraged folks to check out the river theater,” Day mentioned.

Where of us can count on extra stay music whereas taking a stroll by means of the gorgeous vacation lighting

The occasion begins at 6 p.m., and ends with the beginning of 2023 at midnight with a 15 minute firework show.

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