Walking up to the Rivercenter just before 9.00 am on this cool grey San Antonio Saturday morning, I come across closed streets, a police cordon and a seemingly endless torrent of marchers in pink. Two pink ladies in Starbucks tell me it is the “Race for the Cure” breast cancer awareness march, and there are forty thousand of them on the streets this morning. Traffic is gridlocked for miles around, and on the through road between the Marriotts Rivercenter and Riverwalk, the two main NPRA conference hotels, drivers have turned off their car engines and are standing around complaining. The mood is getting ugly. One young lady accosts me to say she is abandoning her car and taking a cab. How’s that going to work? A big man shouts that the marchers are raising money for abortion.
Anyway, by the time I come out of the Rivercenter just after 10.00 am, the roads are clear and it is as if nothing has ever happened. The Blog posting which had been taking shape in my head (“San Antonio gridlock greets arriving delegates ... chaos envelopes conference city ...”) is cast on the scrapheap.
Meanwhile, up on the mezzanine floor of the Marriott Riverwalk, the hi-tech ICIS suite is taking shape. I take some “before” photos of the ICIS techie team setting up the equipment, and we chortle over last night’s photos at Pesca, Swig and Coyote Ugly.
NPRA banner on the Hilton Palacio del Rio
Race for the Cure through San Antonio
The ICIS suite before