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Old 03-15-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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Beautiful pics! We were down there from 1-4 and they were busy getting ready. We'd planned to come back later, but after the afternoon the kids were spent and just wanted to stay home.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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It always amazes me how willing the folks who run the Alamo are to have various colors and words projected onto it. Granted, it's not a commercial use they're allowing, but I can't imagine that happening at any of the monuments in DC. Mind you, I'm not saying that I disapprove, but I do find it curious.

What did you think when you saw this on the Alamo, smitty12?
The images and words projected were those of indigenous peoples, reflecting the heritage of the area and some of what the Alamo represents. While I think the exact location was problematic because the window was in the middle, making it hard to really see, it was appropriate, or at least, not offensive. The atmosphere surrounding the display was quite serious.

Downtown glows brightly (http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/Downtown_glows_brightly.html - broken link)

FWIW - I haven't noticed the Alamo itself used for commercial advertisement or lighting related to commercialism, though I won't say it hasn't occurred. I often go by the Alamo at night just to see it lit up (usually soft white lights). It's very quiet then, and solemn, as it should be. Quite a difference from the daytime with the hordes of people.

Luminaria was fabulous! I honestly liked last year better, as they used more streets/alleyways which made it feel more like a city event. Still, it was impressive. I didn't find it similar at all to any Fiesta event I've attended. The atmosphere was just different. It was more about celebrating art than an excuse to drink.
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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Some of the Books from the giveaway...

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Old 03-15-2009, 09:51 PM
 
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WHAT???? There was a book giveaway??? :O

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Old 03-15-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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Speaking of Alamo and commercials, I just watched a commercial yesterday for Kohl's and they used the Alamo.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:54 PM
 
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Speaking of Alamo and commercials, I just watched a commercial yesterday for Kohl's and they used the Alamo.

That's not unusual... look around town with all the companies with Alamo in the name, or the outline of the building in the logo....

Nothing that can be done about that though, it's not like the Alamo name is trademarked, or images of the building restricted. I doubt there is any public landmark that could not be used in that way.
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:41 PM
 
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I attended the event last night and I was very impressed, stayed for about 3 hours. I was amazed at the many people all the way down in Alamo Plaza, enjoyed the sounds of Urban 15 at the stage by the post office.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:03 AM
 
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The Alamo is actually very strict about commercial usage - when they can control it. The plaza in front of the shrine is a city public park, available for rental. Advertisers do take advantage of that fact. Obviously, the use of the name "Alamo" for commercial businesses can't be limited.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:11 AM
 
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Kohl's uses a stock photo of the Alamo, easily available for purchase.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:54 AM
 
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i would have liked to attend this...
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