SAN ANTONIO (April 13, 2016) – Fiesta San Antonio partners are encouraging San Antonians to celebrate the 125th Fiesta® responsibly by planning ahead for a safe ride home. For the eighth year in a row, the Fiesta Safe Rides® program will be offered to festival-goers thanks to a partnership with Silver Eagle Distributors and Bud Light, the Valero Energy Foundation, the Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation, Yellow Cab and, for the first time this year, Uber. The 2016 Fiesta Safe Rides® program was announced today at a news conference with the Texas Department of Transportation, San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff and District Attorney’s offices and VIA.
This year’s Fiesta Safe Rides® program will provide more than 3,200* Fiesta-goers with safe ride home options through the following initiatives:
- $10 Yellow Cab pre-paid taxi cards will be available at The Fiesta Store at 2611 Broadway, Yellow Cab Offices, and some Fiesta events;
- A special Uber user code will be posted on the Fiesta San Antonio Commission’s website (fiesta-sa.org). Festival-goers can use the code to receive a $10 discount on Uber rides from 8pm to 2am within a quarter-mile of Fiesta events serving alcohol; and
- For festival attendees who are new to Uber, a $20 new user discount will also be available for use on any ride requested during Fiesta.
“The Fiesta Safe Rides® program provides San Antonians with a great opportunity to plan ahead,” explains John L. Nau, III, President and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors. “We are proud to sponsor this important initiative for the eighth consecutive year and encourage all festival-goers to celebrate this exciting time of year responsibly.”
For attendees utilizing Uber and Yellow Cab during Fiesta, the below events will also have designated ride pick-up locations to make it easier for attendees to find their Uber or Yellow Cab driver. More information on these dedicated pick-up points can be found on the individual event websites.
- Fiesta Fiesta – April 14
- Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square – April 14-24
- Fiesta Carnival – April 14-24
- St. Mary’s Oyster Bake – April 15-16
- Taste of New Orleans – April 15-17
For more information on Fiesta and the Fiesta Safe Rides® program, visit www.fiesta-sa.org.
*Yellow Cab $10 pre-paid taxi cards and $10 Uber discount codes will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Uber’s new user discount will be available to any new user that registers.
About Silver Eagle Distributors
Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P. is the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributor and second largest overall beer distributor. The company employs more than 1,500 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio, Pasadena, Conroe, Cypress and Rosenberg. Silver Eagle also distributes a broad selection of import brands, microbrews and craft beers and several non-alcohol beverages and waters. For more information, visit www.silvereagle.com.
About the Valero Energy Foundation
Valero and its philanthropic arm, the Valero Energy Foundation are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where the company has major operations. The Foundation provides financial support to a variety of nonprofit agencies for programs and services in education, basic human needs, healthcare and culture. Annually, Valero, its employees, and the Foundation collectively generate over $40 million in charitable support for worthy charities through direct donations or fundraising. Additionally, Valero employees log over 138,000 volunteer hours each year for hundreds of projects in these same communities. Through the overwhelming support of its sponsors, the Foundation raised $10.4 million in 2015 for children’s charities across the United States through the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children. Valero was twice recognized in The Civic 50 list as one of America’s 50 most community-minded major companies – the only energy company to make the list.
About the Fiesta San Antonio Foundation
The Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation supports programs, events and nonprofit organizations that create a safe, healthy and educational Fiesta®. We preserve the history, culture and heritage of San Antonio and positively impact economic development and tourism.
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. 2016 marks the 125th Anniversary of Fiesta® taking place over 11 days April 14-24. 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.