On Friday I went to Corpus Christi, Tejas! Like thousands of other Selena Quintanilla fans I had to experience the first-ever Fiesta de la Flor. A two-day music festival honoring the Queen of Tejano music held at Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus.
I have been wanting to take a trip to Corpus since I moved to Austin two years ago. With the sole purpose to vibe off Selena’s hometown. To smell the air she smelled, do the washing machine on the bay stairs, visit her old home, the museum, her statue and become Suzette’s (Selena’s Sister) BFF in the process. Typical Selena fan goals, this would be my opportunity.
Friday, the schedule was set to drive straight to Corpus, then watch the special showing of the Selena movie. But due to severe thunderstorms and TORNADO warnings it had to be cancelled (Its ok, I had watched it the day before at the gym). The next day Dave, Ryan and I (Up-and-coming Selena fans) toured the late Queen’s hood, starting with the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. The grounds gardens feature a unique blend of colorful, exotic floral exhibits with areas of native Corpus habitat and natural wetlands.
They also care for amazing rescued exotic birds/reptiles, and host an open screen butterfly house.
Ay! How did Selena keep her hair so flawless in this weather.
After our fun tour of the gardens, we headed off to the family-friendly Festival. Which to my surprise was highly organized! The City of Corpus Christi had public buses scheduled to pick up and drop of fans from the parking lot (city hall/courthouse) to the gates all day. Security/Volunteers happily guided you to the gates and assisted the elderly fans with chairs and mobility to enjoy the Tejano music.
And the fans outfits were bidi bidi badass!
These fans t-shirts were illustrated/designed by them. #fakefanwho follow them @the_selinas
Right after I did the washing machine….I headed to see the famous Selena Memorial. She’s looking over sus fans.
Mid day the rain began to pour down on everyone and the 8 brave little food trucks did not match up to the thousands of hungry Tejano lovers. Thankfully, the event did allow you to come-and-go and so we did in the name of tacos and hygiene. Once the storm had passed… we explored downtown only to find Selena’s Museum closed!
What I Wore:
Top, H&M | Wrap Skirt, Urban Outfitters | Purse, Asos.com | Sandals, Gap | Sunglasses, Ray Ban
Once back at the fiesta we enjoyed Los Palominos, Jay Perez and the Kumbia King Allstarz ft. Selena’s brother A.B Quintanilla. Honestly they still got it! The crowd was rowdy, swinging their hips and signing along to their greatest hits and Selena’s original songs. Cuuuu Cuuuu!
At the end of the night the Kings along with the Quintanilla family thanked the fans for their support, and officially announced that Fiesta de la Flor would become an annual festival! Scheduled next year on May 6th- 7th. SELENA FOREVER!
I only hope to see Fiesta de la Flor grow and become the Mexchella, SXSMEX, CorpusCityLimits…. FlorFlorFlor. Let’s Selena Quintanilla alive with more Latino Music.