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The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted its 38th annual Fiesta UTSA this past Friday, and to say that things got a little rowdy would be putting it lightly.

Fiesta UTSA is a time to celebrate the city’s rich and diverse cultures under one roof – the Sombrilla. Representatives from various student organizations woke up at the crack of dawn to get their booths set up, where they sold delicious cultural foods, held carnival games and offered time in a photo booth.

Most of the booths had credit and debit card readers for the modern student. This feature not only made it extremely easy for everyone to make purchases, but also kept the lines at each booth short, which made everyone happy.

“The best part is the food!” UTSA senior Victoria Rodriguez said. “There are so many different kinds from so many different cultures, and I always want to try them all.”

The UTSA Green Society was on the scene, but instead of selling from a booth, it was judging how environmentally friendly the others’ booths were. It challenged every organization to limit the amount of trash they created and recycle anything they could. The winner was given a certificate and recognized as the most environmentally friendly booth.

A crowd of students sang along to an equally enthusiastic live band singing songs like Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.” Everyone was sad to see them go and be replaced by a playlist of music while the next performance was set up.

Leave it to Fiesta UTSA to have members of the U.S. Navy performing a choreographed dance to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. With moves matching the music video, the crowd instantly joined in and started dancing, cheering and clapping along with them.

Upon finishing, the Navy received a standing ovation and then rejoined the masses to let the rest of the show go on.

“The live band was very energetic,” Rodriguez said. “I actually stayed throughout their whole playlist, and the whole Uptown Funk dance was amazing!”

Fiesta UTSA is a great way for students to learn more about the clubs and organizations campus has to offer. Events like this unite the student body and foster Roadrunner pride.

Unable to attend Fiesta UTSA this year? There is always next year! Make sure to give those fried Oreos a try, and take photos at the photo booth to remember some fun college moments.

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