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TPR Takes On: Fiesta

  • Hosted by Asia Ciarvino
  • Local Host Angela McClendon Johnson

For 10 days each April, the pace of life in San Antonio slows, as the community comes together for a “party with a purpose.”

That party is Fiesta San Antonio, which features parades, carnivals, food tastings, musical performances and family events organized by over 100 nonprofit organizations. But for the uninitiated, how do you sort through it all? That’s where this show comes in.

This program answers the questions about what to eat, drink, wear and do during Fiesta. Your hosts are Asia Ciarvino, local arts advocate, actress, and president and CEO of SA Youth, and Angela McClendon Johnson, a marketing and public relations professional and former Fiesta queen.

They might have been drinking wine while recording. But since this isn’t live radio, it’s all good.


Ways to Connect

The Purpose Behind The Party

Apr 23, 2018
Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

In the final episode of TPR’s Fiesta podcast, hosts Asia Ciaravino and Angela McClendon Johnson get down to the nitty gritty about the modern 'why' behind San Antonio's 10-day party. El Rey Feo LXX, Kenneth Flores, stops by the studio to talk about education and scholarships, and Angela visits with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg to get the skinny on the economic impact of Fiesta.

Medal Up For Fiesta With This Podcast

Apr 19, 2018

In this episode of TPR’s Fiesta podcast, hosts Asia Ciaravino and Angela McClendon Johnson learn all about what to wear to your favorite Fiesta event. Breathable fabric, big hats, and a sash full of medals. What? Jack Morgan explains the history behind Fiesta medals, and then Joey Palacios confesses his obsession with collecting the shiny tokens. Finally, Asia visits with Graciela Carrillo, owner of Graciela’s Creations, to learn about the colorful hats and dresses she’s created over the years.

Our Hosts Enter A Fiesta Food Coma

Apr 16, 2018
Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

In this episode of TPR’s official* Fiesta podcast, hosts Asia Ciaravino and Angela McClendon Johnson spin the “Wheel of Fiesta Foods” and reminisce with watered mouth about their favorite snacks.

Then Robby Turner talks about the San Antonio Zulu Association’s “Taste of New Orleans,” and chef Vida Floyd of Jewell’s Catering brings her signature gumbo to TPR studios for Asia and Angela, dishes on all things Cajun food, and shares this essential Fiesta tip for good eating: Don’t wear lipstick. You too, guys.

All Things Floating And Gliding: Parades!

Apr 10, 2018
San Antonio Business Journal

In this episode of TPR's offical Fiesta podcast, hosts Angela McClendon Johnson and Asia Ciaravino take a look at San Antonio’s parade tradition, run down a few facts and figures, and pull some imaginary history out of a hat about how the first river parade got started. Then San Antonio’s District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño shares memories of visiting San Antonio as a young boy during Fiesta, and how the city puts on three giant parades within the span of one week.

Living Cornyation History, With Ray Chavez

Apr 5, 2018
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

In this episode of TPR's Fiesta podcast, hosts Asia Ciaravino and Angela McClendon Johnson share some of their own Cornyation stories, and we visit with the man himself: Ray Chavez.