Tricentennial Festivities Get Underway Tonight

It's time to party like it's 1718.

120 WOAI news reports all systems are go for the big, free New Year's Eve Tricentennial bash at Hemisfair which will kick off a full year of celebrations  marking the founding of the city by the Spanish military authorities on May 1, 1718.

Musical groups from San Antonio's Little Joe to Seventies rockers REO Speedwagon and Pat Benetar will perform on two stages at the Hemisfair celebration, which will include art, plenty of food, big screen Tricentennial related films, live theater performances and, of course, a huge fireworks display at midnight to ring in the Tricentennial year.

Because it is 2017 and not 1718, security will be strict, with clear bags recommended, searches in place, and a wide variety of items, including ice chests, personal fireworks, bicycles, and alcohol, banned.

Organizers have already planned for the possibility of cold weather and freezing drizzle, and say the event will go on regardless of the weather.

Alamo Street in front of Hemisfair is already closed.

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