San Antonio Fiesta Royalty
Royalty in San Antonio is not what you'd ordinarily find here. But during Fiesta, royalty is is exactly what you find and it's not hard to miss. There are duchesses, kings, queens, and more. King Antonio is the king of Fiesta while his counterpart El Rey Feo is "the peoples king". The kings can be spotted in their motorcade as they crisscross town with police escorts visiting schools and doing their civic duties as kings for the people of San Antonio.
Fiesta has two Kings that reign during San Antonio's ten day celebration. King Antonio and El Rey Feo represent the spirit and goodwill of the San Antonio people through their respective organizations. Each King has has an entourage of aides and family members with them throughout Fiesta visiting various schools, charities, and events. The Fiesta kings are considered the goodwill ambassadors of San Antonio during this celebratory city occasion.
El Rey Feo translates to"The Ugly King" but is more often referred to as the Peoples King. El Rey Feo is selected by the local San Antonio LULAC council for raising the most amount of money for the LULAC scholarship fund. Throughout Fiesta, Rey Feo visits schools, Latino sponsored events and enjoys all of the evening festivities.
King Antonio is selected by the Texas Cavaliers as the presiding king of Fiesta. King Antonio spends the days visiting schools, charitable organizations, military bases and attending ceremonies while evenings are spent at various parties and Fiesta theme dinners around San Antonio. During the year King Antonio takes trips with the Cavaliers, attends government functions and even takes a ride in an Air Force jet trainer. King Antonio is king for a year during his reign.
Order Of the Alamo Royalty
The additional royalty of Fiesta consists of a queen, princess, and numerous duchesses. These members of the royal household are selected by the Order of the Alamo. The Order presents their court at the Queens Coronation held on the Wednesday night of fiesta at the Municipal Auditorium. This event is one of the coolest things during Fiesta. All of the duchesses enter the stage in dresses with long trains. The take their seats one by one until the entire court is prepared for the entrance of the princess and queen. The coronation guests include the kings and several local dignitaries. This is truly one of the neatest things to see during Fiesta in San Antonio and you'll wonder how in the world those ladies can pull those jewel covered trains.
The Royal Household consists not only of the Queen, Princess, and Duchesses but also the gentlemen that escort these ladies during their Fiesta reign. The Prime Minister escorts the Queen, the Prince escorts the Princess and the Dukes escort the Duchesses. During this week of reign for the royal household, the men (escorts) are primarily focused on the needs of their duchess, queen, or princess and ensure that their Fiesta week is one of royal treatment. An interesting note about these ladies and their royal attire - it takes almost an entire year to design and "build" the dresses, crowns, and trains for these ladies of the royal household to wear during Fiesta.
Other Fiesta Royalty
San Antonio Fiesta royalty consists of more than just the above mentioned. Fiesta brings out the royalty in all walks of life, groups of people, and social clubs. Some of the additional Fiesta Royalty includes:
- Queen of Soul
- Miss Fiesta
- Queen of San Antonio Charro Association
- Miss Fiesta Teen Queen
- Reina de la Feria de las Flores