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2017 Fiesta® Carnival Opens at The Alamodome

SAN ANTONIO (April 20, 2017) – Get your fix of Fiesta foods, thrilling rides, and family fun at the 2017 Fiesta San Antonio Carnival at the Alamodome April 20 – 30, 2017.

The Carnival will continue to be free admission with pay by the ride options. “Pay One Price” wristbands will return for 2017. Patrons can pay a one-time, flat-rate for the night to get access to endless rides and entertainment. Dollar Day is Wednesday, April 26 from 5 pm to midnight.

Beloved fan favorites will return to the Carnival, but the new Crazy-Mouse Rollercoaster will delight any Fiesta thrill seekers this year. The “Crazy Mouse” is one of the most exciting roller coasters traveling the country. Individual cars carry riders along the track’s dips and drops, while the cars spin in a circular motion, adding a whole new dimension of thrills. The crazy mouse is fun for the whole family and guests young and old can enjoy the ride together.

Wade Shows will return to produce the 2017 Fiesta Carnival. Wade Shows is a company committed to inclusion and community engagement.

“Our main goal here is to provide an opportunity for all residents of San Antonio to participate in the joy of Fiesta” said Frank Zaitshik, the CEO of Wade Shows. “We’re excited to be back here again for the 10th year.”

A company committed to inclusion and community engagement, Wade Shows will again host Fiesta® Especial’s Celebration Day on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Celebration Day welcomes individuals with disabilities and their families to experience Carnival and spend a day immersed in the rides, games, and food of Fiesta. In 2014, Fiesta Especial was faced with the decision to cancel their Celebration Day. When news reached Frank, he came to the table and donated the use of the grounds at no cost. His generous gift significantly reduces costs and allows more than one thousand children in special education programs and adults with disabilities to experience the joy and engagement in Fiesta San Antonio. This year, Fiesta Especial Celebration Day anticipates to serve 3,000 individuals with disabilities and their caretakers

Fiesta San Antonio and Wade Shows are committed to the City of San Antonio’s Green Initiative. Fiesta Carnival is primarily illuminated by energy-saving LED bulbs, decreasing energy usage by more than 90 percent compared to conventional bulbs. Fiesta San Antonio and Wade shows ask attendees to party responsibly and use the earth-friendly trash receptacles located along parade routes and at more than 100 Fiesta events, including Carnival.

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About the Fiesta San Antonio Commission

The Fiesta® San Antonio Commission Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer, self-supporting organization that plans, promotes, coordinates, and preserves Fiesta® San Antonio through support of its Participating Member Organizations in presenting a safe, educational, annual celebration of the diverse heritage, culture and spirit of San Antonio for its residents and visitors.

Fiesta® San Antonio is a fusion of arts, heritage and culture and culminates every year in April— to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Taking place over 11 days each April, Fiesta literally has something for everyone with more than 110 events ranging in highlights from music, food, sports and pageantry to military and patriotic observances, exhibits, parades, Fiesta® Royalty and more.

Fiesta is also the “Party with a Purpose” because more than 100 local nonprofit organizations and military units create the more than 100 terrific events that take place over 11 days. Those nonprofit organizations spend the rest of the year giving back to the community of San Antonio.

About Wade Shows

Wade Shows is the largest family owned carnival in North America, boasting over 100 rides and attractions.  The company’s three carnival units carry amusement rides to some of North America’s largest events, traveling from the East Coast to Oklahoma and Texas and from Michigan to South Florida.  Wade Shows plays more state fairs and major events than any other single carnival in history.  Events such as the Oklahoma State Fair, Nebraska State Fair, Delaware State Fair, New York State Fair, Florida State Fair, North Carolina State Fair, Alabama National Fair, San Antonio Livestock Show and Exhibition and Fiesta San Antonio are all part of the Wade Shows family of events.  For more information visit