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The #NASPA17 Opening Reception will be a FIESTA!

In San Antonio, people Fiesta! Yes, Fiesta is intentionally used as both a noun and a verb in this city rich with history. The 2017 NASPA Annual Conference Opening Reception will pay homage to our host city with a Fiesta of Texas proportions - NASPA in Old San Antonio!

Join us at Sunset Station on Sunday, March 12 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., immediately following the Opening Session with Anderson Cooper. Enjoy a festive walk along an entertainment-studded route or take a pedicab (provided by Chartwell’s and Everfi) over to Sunset Station for the most hopping party of #NASPA17! An accessible shuttle will also be available.  

A little about Fiesta in San Antonio

Fiesta-San Antonio started in 1891 as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It has evolved into one of this nation’s premier multi-week festivals. Focused on supporting non-profit and educational groups, Fiesta is the “party with a purpose”. Funds raised by official Fiesta events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year. Colleges and universities play a huge role in Fiesta—hosting events, participating in parades and volunteering for groups all over San Antonio. 

NASPA in Old San Antonio Opening Reception – Our very own NIOSA                          

One of the anchor events of Fiesta San Antonio is the NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio) event. NIOSA is hosted by the San Antonio Historic Conversation Society. The event is a celebration of all of the cultures that settled San Antonio and strives to preserve diverse heritages through celebration. NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive for four nights every year. 

#NASPA17 will pay tribute to this eclectic event with our own version—NASPA In Old San Antonio! The reception will feature food and drink, fiesta flare, and entertainment including an 80’ and 90’s cover band, mariachi, and a DJ. If you want to volunteer to help during this Opening Reception be sure to sign up through Volunteer Central!  

What to Wear

The dress code for the reception is what citizens in San Antonio refer to as Fiesta casual. As you prepare to pack your bags for NASPA, be sure to pack that bright purple shirt. Professional attire is welcome, too. Find that bright tie or button down and make a statement!

Fiesta colors are bright red, lime green, orange, turquoise, fuchsia, and purple. Anything in the color scheme will be fitting attire for this colorful event—and Fiesta bonus points for anything that lights up! Get into the spirit by accessorizing with colorful embellishments—hats, flowers, streamers, anything goes at Fiesta! During Fiesta, ALL are celebrated, so we invite your individuality to shine!   

Fiesta Medals, Royalty and More to Celebrate - Bring Buttons, Lapel Pins or Make Medals

As conference attendees plan for NASPA and NIOSA, organizers are encouraging you to bring medals, lapel pins, or buttons from your university to exchange and trade with other attendees. Strike up a conversation and learn more about the schools and people that make NASPA the incredible community that it is.  

Display your collection of medals on a sash, vest, stole, or lanyard—there is even a prize for the person who has the most medals (measured in pounds). 

Royalty is also a huge part of the Fiesta celebration. There are kings, queens, and princesses of all types. There is even a King Dog (El Rey Fido) and a King Cat (El Rey Gato). The tradition of trading medals started as a way for one of the Kings to thank the volunteers helping him throughout his annual reign. He drilled a hole in a coin that is a symbol of the King, and tied a colorful ribbon on it. This thank you medal was the first in what has become a major component of Fiesta.

We can’t wait to see you. Whether you bring your campus buttons and lapel pins or make fiesta medals, we invite you to participate in showcasing your campus at NASPA in Old San Antonio.  Stay on the lookout for more ideas, inspirations and tips.

Here are some resources for making/purchasing your Fiesta items:

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