The Fiesta Flambeau organization's float in last year's
parade. (Photo: Fiesta Flambeau)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.