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Fiesta ends with university’s 7th Festival de Cascarones

Texas A&M University-San Antonio will host its seventh annual Festival de Cascarones from 1-8 p.m. April 30 on the quad. Parking and admission to the event are free.

Festival de Cascarones is an outdoor official Fiesta San Antonio event offering live music, family-friendly activities and an assortment of food booths provided by student organizations. The event gives student organizations the opportunity to raise money.

Festival de Cascarones concludes the annual 10-day Fiesta event and takes place at A&M-San Antonio, one of the fastest growing public universities in Texas.

Fiesta San Antonio kicks off at 5 p.m. April 20 with Fiesta Fiesta at Hemisfair and concludes April 30, according to the Fiesta website.

Last year 6,000 people attended Festival de Cascarones, where the university offered face painting and opened the auditorium for kids to watch free movies.

Jada Chavarria, a bookseller at the A&M bookstore, said it was hot but fun.

“My favorite game was the Whataburger game where you had to throw the fries in the box,” she said.

This year, San Antonio-natives Girl in a Coma, an indie-rock band, take the stage at 4:30 p.m.

The prominent band, The Last Bandoleros, who is currently touring internationally with generational icon Sting, will also perform at the festival at 6:30 p.m. The band’s performance here is fitting because the group started off here in San Antonio.

“I had a blast at the last Festival de Cascarones. I suppose my favorite aspect of the event was that it really felt as though the university was putting forth a strong effort to support the local community,” said Valeria Chavez, criminology senior at A&M-San Antonio. “I appreciated the event because I was also able to bring my whole family.”

“They’re coming with me again this year whether they like it or not.”

A&M-San Antonio is the first four-year higher education institution on the South Side of San Antonio. The university has begun construction of its first residence hall and in Fall 2016 enjoyed its inaugural class of first-year students for the Fall 2016 semester.

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