15 Apr 2010, 9:39pm
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Five things to know before heading to Fiesta events

Soggy skies put a damper on the start of the year’s biggest party, with officials cancelling¬†tonight’s¬†Fiesta kickoff¬†at Alamo Plaza and¬†moving the opener¬†to¬†Market Square tomorrow.¬†Hope you didn’t head out to Alamo Plaza.¬†


No worries about the revelry cranking up. It will. But before joining the fun, here are some things to check on:

PARKING: Even¬†tested downtown drivers¬†can lose a little¬†focus when Fiesta fills up parking lots and kicks up¬†parking fees.¬†The Express-News has a decent map of parking lots, but alas, doesn’t include fees. MAP

EXPRESS BUSES: Avoid parking altogether by hopping on special Fiesta express buses. VIA set up an event page with details, which includes reroutes of regular services due to street closures. FIESTA BUSES

DRINKING: If you drink, have a drinking and NOT driving plan.¬†The easiest thing to do is assign¬†a designated driver. In a pinch,¬†Yellow Cab will provide up to 700 free rides for certain events, thanks to a state grant. Of course, you can always fork out your own $25 for a cab, and it’ll be a lot¬†cheaper than a¬†$17,000 DWI fine. CALL 222-2222

TRAFFIC: Make it easy on yourself. Just a few minutes checking TransGuide’s site for¬†wrecks and slowdowns can save you an hour on the highway.¬†TRANSGUIDE

WEATHER: Nuff said on that. FORECAST

Now go have a great time. And be safe. 

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