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LGBT community to be well-represented at Flambeau Parade
QSanAntonio, April 5, 2014

When the Flambeau Parade steps on on April 26 as the grand finale to Fiesta San Antonio it will include floats from Pride San Antonio and the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.

James Poindexter, board secretary for Pride San Antonio, says that the organization's decision to participate in the Flambeau Parade was a natural progression of Pride's involvement in community parades. This year, Pride San Antonio had contingents in the Veteran's Day Parade, the Dies y Sies Parade and the Martin Luther King Jr. March.

Last June, twenty-two-year-old Victoria Flores, Miss Fiesta 2013, was named as one of three Grand Marshals of the annual Pride Parade. In the time since then, Flores has teamed with Pride S.A. and participated in health fairs and community celebrations all over the city.

Poindexter says that Flores' connection with the Flambeau organizers gave the Pride board the incentive to sponsor a float in the parade with a Wizard of Oz theme.

A sketch of Pride San Antonio's float which will have a Wizard of Oz theme.

The float will be designed by Jesse John Perez and features characters from the Oz story with the Emerald City, the yellow brick road, and the house that falls on the wicked witch featured prominently. There will be 10 people on the float and others walking alongside.

Regina Villalobos-Perez, the marketing director for the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, says the decision to have a float in the Flambeau is an attempt to bring more attention to SAAF and the services it offers. For the past 24 years, the organization has hosted the Webb Party, which is an official Fiesta San Antonio event.

This is not the first Fiesta parade in which SAAF has participated. For several years it had a float in the King William Parade.

The SAAF float for the Flambeau will have the same theme as the this year's Webb Party: A Grand Menagerie - Wild Creatures on Display. The float is designed by Eric Fonesca who will be using elements from the Webb Party design to adorn it. (See sketch below.)

According to the Fiesta Flambeau web site, the parade is nationally known as "America's Largest Illuminated Night Parade." It has been part of Fiesta San Antonio since 1948.

Battle of Flowers & Flambeau LGBT Bleacher Seating
The Arbor House Bed & Breakfast has reserved an entire bleacher section (Section K) at Blum & Alamo Plaza, in front of the historic Menger Hotel, and is selling tickets for the Battle of Flowers and Flambeau parades. Seats are $15. To purchase your tickets contact Ron Stinson at 210-472-2005 or by email at arborhaus@aol.com.