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King William Fair among favorite Fiesta events not returning in 2021

King William Fair among favorite Fiesta events not returning in 2021

King William Fair
King William Fair, a staple of Fiesta, is off for 2021. Photo courtesy of King William Fair

Fiesta is being postponed — again. For the the third time in 12 months, San Antonio's citywide celebration has been moved in response to the ongoing pandemic. 

If all goes according to plan (though, has anything gone according to plan in the past year?), Fiesta 2021 is now scheduled for June 17-27, organizers announced. Along with the official celebration, nearly three dozen of the most popular events also announced their new dates, including A Night in Old San Antonio, Chanclas y Cervezas, Festival de Cascarones, and the Texas Cavaliers River Parade, among others.

Some beloved events, however, will not be returning for 2021. On February 2, King William Fair announced it would not be among the fest favorites for this year's Fiesta. 

"The 2021 King William Fair, an official Fiesta San Antonio event since 1968, will not take place this year due to the health and safety concerns we have for our community as we continue to fight COVID-19," organizers wrote in a statement. "We look forward to celebrating with you at our next King William Fair on Saturday, April 9, 2022."

A day earlier, two other Fiesta staples — Battle Of Flowers Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade — also announced their respective cancellations.

In a joint statement, organizers of both parades said the sheer number of participants, which can hit upwards of 1 million, could create a potential public health safety concern. 

"Part of safe planning is re-evaluating whether or not to hold both parades that draw well over one million spectators to the streets of San Antonio for the traditional day and night parades during Fiesta week," the statement says. "Due to public health safety concerns regarding COVID-19, both organizations have decided to cancel the 2021 festivities."

A full roundup of the rescheduled events can be found here, but note that Fiesta San Antonio is continuing to add details as they become available.