The San Antonio City Council voted unanimously Thursday to change the dates for Fiesta 2014.

The annual celebration will be held from April 10-27.

The change was made so that Fiesta events did not overlap with the Easter holiday, but organizers said events like Carnival and NIOSA will still run for the same amount of days.

"If you look at the core number of days, it's still about 11 days," said Fiesta San Antonio Commission CEO John Melleky said. "It's just that its over a three-weekend period."

City officials refuted claims that the extra time would allow for an extended celebration and more drinking.

"To ensure there's not overlap on that holy day, we're allowing Fiesta to be fragmented out so that Good Friday and Fiesta don't intersect," said District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal. "To call it 'expansion,' or to say, 'The city is making Fiesta longer to allow more days of partying and festivities,' it's certainly not the case."

Melleky said events during Holy Week and Easter weekend will be subdued.

The official list of events is several weeks away from being released, but organizers unveiled the 2014 Fiesta poster Thursday.

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