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Paige Wolf, Director of Communications
Fiesta San Antonio Commission
SAN ANTONIO (March 23, 2021) – This year’s Fiesta Celebration in June is less than 90 days away! In a collaborative effort with Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, the Fiesta Commission and MySA, Palo Alto College is launching a new event that gives residents a safe way to celebrate and prepare for participation in upcoming Fiesta festivities. The COVID-19 pandemic caused last year’s Fiesta cancellation and changed the way we safely gather for in-person events – that is why the upcoming launch of the #ShowMeYourMask virtual competition will remind people to continue wearing their masks in hopes that we will be able to safely gather in the future.
The traditional Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau Parades may not take place this year, but there is still an opportunity to showcase the new accessories like face masks that have become part of our daily wear. The #ShowMeYourMask virtual competition is a spin on the popular Fiesta phrase, “Show Me Your Shoes” people say during Fiesta parades. Although we may not be able to celebrate in April, the online competition in partnership with MySA.com will allow residents an opportunity to get into the Fiesta spirit by decorating face masks.
The online competition is expected to start on Wednesday, April 21 with photo submissions of Fiesta-themed masks. Online entries will be accepted until Friday, May 28. Residents will then have a chance to vote online for their favorite masks and the top finalists in each age group will be invited to participate at the Fiesta “Maskarade” Runway Show at Palo Alto College on Friday, June 18, 2021.
Michael Quintanilla, Fashion Extraordinaire and journalist, will emcee the Fiesta Maskarade Runway Show and a panel of judges will be invited to review and select the winning masks. Categories will be based on age group: elementary youth (4-11), secondary youth (12-17), adult (18-64), seniors (65+). Elementary youth themes will include “Animal Fiesta”, “Superhero Fiesta” and “Classic Fiesta”. For participants aged 12 and older, the theme for their entries will include “Classic Fiesta, “Flores de Fiesta”, and “Fiesta Royale”. Descriptions for these categories and more information about online submissions can be found on MySA.com.
“It goes without saying that this last year has been challenging during these unprecedented times, but we’re excited to connect with our community with Fiesta celebrations that promote educational opportunities and scholarship,” said Dr. Robert Garza, President of Palo Alto College. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the City of San Antonio, the Fiesta Commission, and our community partners to host this fun, safe contest that will continue to encourage the use of masks as a means of caring for the wellness of the community.”
“Fiesta is synonymous with San Antonio, so I was ecstatic when I approached Dr. Garza and the Fiesta Commission with this idea to get residents into the Fiesta spirit by decorating masks and reminding people to keep wearing them,” commented Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, “This friendly competition and runway show will be a safe and fun way to get people to celebrate and display their artistic talent.”
“The Fiesta San Antonio Commission is looking forward to a June Fiesta and excited to support Fiesta Participating Member Organization, Palo Alto College, and San Antonio District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia, Ph.D., with their creative plans to remind everyone to stay safe and Show us your Masks!” says, Baltazar (Walter) Serna, President of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission.
Watch the video announcement featuring Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, Palo Alto College President Dr. Robert Garza, Steve Rosenauer, Executive Director of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, Miss Fiesta San Antonio Calista Burns and Michael Quintanilla.