Fiesta reached its midway point Wednesday evening, during the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo at the Majestic Theatre. Though events will continue through Sunday, the Coronation has been one of Fiesta San Antonio’s annual highlights for decades.

Hosted by the Order of the Alamo, a group founded by local business and civic leaders, the event recognizes the significance of Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico. This year local car dealer, Richard Cavender took the honor of introducing the Royal Court as the Lord High Chamberlain.

Since 1909, the Order has annually elected a new Queen to represent that mission and celebrate the elegance of beauty of San Antonio’s history, while its Fiesta event cousin, Cornyation, satirizes local events and figures with whimsical costumes and makeup.

The event featured fantastic, elaborate sets while 22 duchesses – 12 local and 10 out-of-town – took the stage, followed by the Princess. After much fanfare, officials announced named Caroline Cage Carrington, as this year’s Queen. Carrington is the great-grandaughter of John Baron Carrington, who founded the Order of the Alamo more than 100 years ago.

The shimmering costumes and pageantry of the Coronation make it one of the most unique events and traditions celebrated during Fiesta San Antonio. Fiesta-goers who missed the Coronation will have another chance to see the Queen, the Royal Court, and the incredible costumes and trains during the Battle of Flowers parade on Friday.

This article was originally published on April 20, 2016.

Top Image: A duchess looks ahead moments before she is called. Photo by Scott Ball.

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Lea Thompson, a former reporter at the Rivard Report, is a Texas native who has lived in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. She enjoys exploring new food and culture events.