San Marcos celebrates annual Mermaid Capital of Texas fest


“This began with the spirit of actually highlighting one thing that was actually distinctive about San Marcos and the historical past that we had with mermaids,” mentioned Mermaid Society SMTX Creator/Government Director July Moreno. “I simply had the concept to create one thing that was actually consultant of San Marcos in a manner that we might maybe come collectively as a neighborhood in celebration, however for the purpose of bringing consideration in the direction of the San Marcos river and how one can defend it.”

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

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Moreno mentioned the tie to the legendary creatures stems again from the early Fifties to the Nineteen Nineties when Aquarena Springs, an amusement park, had an underwater theater. The “submarine-like” theater would submerge the viewers into the water the place the group would see mermaids swimming.

“Folks got here from all around the nation to expertise it,” Moreno added. “It was fairly superb.”

Competitors between a number of amusement parks left Aquarena Springs within the rearview mirror. Ultimately Texas State College bought the property and now has reworked into the Meadows Heart for Water Surroundings, Moreno mentioned. Aquarena Springs can also be the place the headwaters start for the San Marcos River.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

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The competition is a two-week celebration much like San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration that’s held within the spring yearly. 

“We play with the entire mermaid theme,” Moreno mentioned. “We get out have fun through the competition and convey consciousness about our river, have interaction with our neighborhood, and assist have fun the superior issues in San Marcos.”

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

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The Mermaid Society SMTX is a 501(c)3 group and is now in its seventh yr. San Marcos was designated “The Mermaid Capital of Texas” in Might 2021. The society has two youth instructional packages, “mermaid chats” is the place Mermaid Mya goes into the faculties and speaks with kindergarten by second grade college students about how the youngsters can defend the river. The second program is the Summer time SPLASH patch camp for third to fifth graders. They concentrate on the acronym SPLASH (stewardship, preservation, native arts, sustainability, and heritage) for badges throughout this system.

“The truth that its in San Marcos and other people assume, ‘oh mermaids? That is by the ocean, proper?’ And that is the entire level, it opens up the dialog as to why San Marcos can be the Mermaid Capital of Texas,” Moreno mentioned.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

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She mentioned for the primary parade in 2016, the San Marcos Police Division informed her that the parade was the most important parade the town ever had. Moreno added that the competition has introduced over 5,000 folks for the parade. After the parade, the Downtown Road Faire begins with distributors, music, meals, and extra for friends to take pleasure in.

“It was designed to deliver the neighborhood collectively in celebration of the San Marcos River, but it surely’s additionally designed to create an financial influence,” Moreno mentioned. “We’ve got each motive to imagine that 2022 would be the finest yr but.”

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

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The occasion is free and the most important a part of the celebration begins on September 24 from 10 a.m. to midday with the a parade in downtown San Marcos. The Downtown Road Faire goes from midday to 7 p.m. with over 130 distributors on website. There might be performances from Wendy Colonna, Time of Evening Brass, Tracy Weinberg and Co., La Gitana, Kelany and the All-Nighters, and Ace Pepper Group. 

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

Courtesy of Mermaid Society SMTX

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

The Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest in underway in San Marcos.

Courtesy of Mermaid Society SMTX



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