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 Cornyval Parade Will Celebrate Helotes’ 40th Birthday
  BOy Alissa Reinhard
n Saturday, May 1, the City of Helotes will host the annual Cornyval Parade. The parade is
traditionally part of the Cornyval and PRCA Rodeo celebration which features live music, fun and games, food, arts and crafts, and other entertainment. Last year’s parade and Cornyval event were postponed and ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cornyval Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on its traditional route starting on Leslie Road, turning left onto Bandera Road, and another left to enter Old Town Helotes through Old Bandera Road. The parade will disband near Old Bandera and Antonio Drive.
Roads around the parade route will close starting at approximately 9:45 am. You can visit the City website for complete details regarding closures at www.helotes- tx.gov/event/2021-cornyval-parade. If you plan to travel through Helotes on parade day, please review the schedule in order to plan your route accordingly.
“The public is invited to gather along the parade route to watch the festivities,” said Andrea Wazir, Public Relations Specialist with the City of Helotes. “It is important to remember that Bandera Road will be open
Photo By Tony Wazir
for one-way traffic during the parade so spectators along Bandera Road are asked to do so with extreme caution.”
The City of Helotes will be following all recommended health and safety measures to keep parade entrants, City staff, and the public safe during the event. Social distancing will be in effect. All spectators are asked to stay with their group and maintain at least six feet distance between other groups. Face masks will not be required but are highly encouraged. Anyone feeling sick, especially with a fever, shortness of breath, or new loss of sense of taste or smell is asked to stay home.
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Cornyval!” said Wazir. “By working together, we can maintain a safe event for all in attendance.”
Incorporated in 1981, the City of Helotes is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The 2021 parade theme will fittingly be “Happy 40th Anniversary, Helotes.”
“Forty years later, we’re still going strong,” said Wazir. “We look forward to seeing the creativity of the parade entrants as we celebrate this milestone in our City’s history.” Visit the City website for parade updates at www.helotes-tx.gov/2021-cornyval-parade.
      Happy 40th Anniversary Helotes!
Helotes Cornyval Parade Saturday, May 1, 2021 Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.
    COVID-19 Vaccine: Tips When Trying
To Find An Appointment
BAy Alissa Reinhard
s the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more accessible to those who qualify to receive it, it can still be
difficult to find availability and make an appointment. Here are a few things that may help you or a loved one in their quest to get vaccinated.
1. Eligibility. Eligibility is rolling out in phases. At press time, Texas was in Phase 1C. As new groups are added we move to different phases, Texas Health and Human services will be your best source for information. Remember to:
a. Check the Texas Health and Human Services website for updates at dshs.state. tx.us/coronavirus and click on “COVID-19 Vaccine Information.”
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 b. Follow Texas DSHS them on social media @TexasDSHS.
2. Vaccine Hubs and Providers. The government is in charge of vaccine distribution. This means different vaccine providers (e.g. pharmacies, clinics, etc.) and vaccination hubs (e.g. San Antonio Metro Health, University Health, WellMed) are receiving the vaccine at different times in different amounts. To find a hub or provider near you, take the following steps:
a. Visit dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/ vaccine-hubs.aspx for a list of vaccine hubs and their websites/phone numbers.
b. Visit dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/ and click on “Available COVID-19 Vaccines in
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