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Private Party for Debutante Shuts Down Downtown San Antonio

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The Christmas decorations adorning Travis Park in downtown San Antonio were taken down to make way for a big red and white tent to house a debutante’s birthday party. On January 7th, Elizabeth and Barry Roberts hosted a celebration for their daughter, 21-year-old Carolina Roberts.

It cost the family $30,000 to secure the park, block off several downtown streets, and ensure that the party would be kept completely private. According to MySA.com, the City of San Antonio says they’ll use the funds to revamp Travis Park which will reopen to the public at the end of the month.

“The city is excited about this event because it can show its ability to work with the private sector on major events and will be a marketing tool for major conventions and events,” Assistant City Manager Lori Houston told the San Antonio Express-News.

The party took months to plan and included “a carousel, Ferris wheel, jugglers, musical performances and exotic animals — two camels, two zebras and some smaller animals.” Over 1,200 guests attended the festivities under the big top in Travis Park as well as inside the nearby St. Anthony Hotel.