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Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair, St. Patrick’s Day Festival in San Antonio canceled

Two big weekend celebrations have been called off in response to the public health emergency declared by the city.
The Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair, which was expected to draw thousands of fans to Market Square through Sunday, has been canceled.
The St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade on the River Walk and the dyeing of the river green also have been canceled.

“The mayor has informed us that they’re canceling all major events, and that includes ours,” said Felix Mendoza, executive director of the Tejano Music Awards.
“We will make an announcement when we will be able to reschedule it.”
More than 200 acts, including Shelly Lares, Stefani Montiel and Hometown Boys, were scheduled to play the fan fair, which started Thursday.

Mendoza said about 5,000 people attended the first day of the event.

Though the big holiday weekend festivities on the River Walk are not happening, the St. Patrick’s Day Artisan Show today and Saturday will go on.
“The artisan show does not attract a large static crowd; instead, it is a flow of people,” said Paula Schechter, director of marketing and public relations for the San Antonio River Walk Association.

Schechter said River Walk restaurants and hotels are still open for business, though crowds on the river have been much smaller than during a typical spring break.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg declared a public health emergency Friday morning to limit the spread of the coronavirus after a person in the city tested positive for Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.

As part of the declaration, the city banned public gatherings with crowds of more than 500 people.
Jim Kiest is the arts and entertainment editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Read him on our free site,, and on our subscriber site, | | Twitter: @jimik64

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