There’s been some surprisingly mild weather for Fiesta this year. Rather than dampen our spirits, the rain and overcast skies have given us a brief respite from the impending South Texas sun. But don’t get used to it—summer is around the corner. Today is a busy day, so let’s jump to it.
Have you ever found yourself driving on Vance Jackson between Heubner and Wurzbach and noticed a bunch of sculptures off the side of the road? If you’ve been as curious as me about that house, then you’ll want to drop by the Sculptor’s Invitational Art Show. Billed as Fiesta’s “quiet event,” over 70 sculptors from across the US and abroad are exhibiting more than 100 sculptures. Admission is $5 and you’ll have the opportunity to relax as you walk around this six-acre sculpture garden. Bring a camera or pad of paper and release your inner artist—both sketching and photography are welcome.
Looking for a little sports action before our Spurs take on the Mavericks in the playoffs? Check out the Fiesta Lacrosse Tournament at St. Mary’s Hall. Teams from high school, junior high and teams come to town to play the oldest game in North America (it dates back to a sport played between Native American tribes). Admission is free and this event is a good excuse to enjoy this mild April weather.
The crowning of two kings happens tonight. The Investiture of King Antonio XCII takes place in front of the Alamo at 7:30 p.m. The Texas Cavaliers—these are the guys you see around Fiesta in red pants and powder blue jackets—select one of their members to be King Antonio. What will distinguish the king from the other Cavaliers is that he will have a plumed hat. Throughout his reign, the King makes countless visits to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses and community groups. This coronation is free and open to the public.
Rey Feo is publicly crowned at 5:30 p.m. at the Arneson River Theater, complete with Mariachis and folklórico dancers. In contrast to King Antonio, who must come from the ranks of the Texas Cavaliers, there is no such restriction to be crowned Rey Feo, or the “ugly” king. The tradition dates back to medieval Spain where the subjects got upset with the king holding court with only the aristocracy. After getting a little rowdy and riled up, the hoi polloi wanted a king for the common man and created Rey Feo. Fiesta has co-opted this tradition and Rey Feo has been recognized as “official” Fiesta royalty since 1980. Rey Feo and his court are adorned in white uniforms.
Keep the party going by attending the Rey Feo Crown Celebration on the river level grotto at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Ironically to attend the event of the people’s king you have to pay an admission of $50. But you do get music from SUEDE, food and spirits, plus the money does support Rey Feo’s scholarship efforts. Here’s a tip for you: whenever you run into Fiesta royalty, be sure to ask a member of their court if you could have one of the king’s medals. They pass them out like candy.
Hosted by the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, this not only a party for our veterans, it is also a big motorcycle rally and ride. Polish that chrome and bring down your motorcycle to the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Verterans Hospital and participate in a competition and rally activities. You’ll also be able to enjoy some live music from Tejano, Country-Western and Classic Rock bands. Bring the little ones along to enjoy Family Island, a place with games, face painting and a moon bounce. Admission and parking are both free and wearing military uniforms is highly encouraged.
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