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Fiesta 2019: The Medals

Apr 12, 2019

Fiesta season is in full swing, and one of its best elements are the medals. Every year, it seems, more businesses and groups join the creative fun. Click through the slideshow to see some medals from this year.

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A giant crane lowered 32 barges into the San Antonio River Friday as organizers prepared for the Texas Cavaliers River Parade on April 22.

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A Fiesta medal is one of the most popular ways for an individual, business, political candidate, military unit or private group to express their Fiesta spirit. Companies that make the creatively-designed emblems are in production overdrive in the final days before the biggest party of the year.

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When I first looked through the 2018 San Antonio Film Festival program, I immediately knew I was going to see the “Hometown Heroes Short Films Block.” Partly because I am a native San Antonian and partly because I saw the film “Cornyation” listed in that time block.  The 20-minute short features beautiful cinematography, archive footage, thoughtful narration, and clever editing. It strikes the perfect balance of being entertaining while providing an accurate history of the annual event.

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San Antonio's largest citywide celebration, Fiesta, has come and gone. However, there’s one more Fiesta story to tell — and it’s one you don’t hear that often: Quite a few San Antonians don't actually like Fiesta, or at very least, they’re conflicted about it.

The Purpose Behind The Party

Apr 23, 2018
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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.

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There're the parties, the pageantry and, of course, the parody.

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
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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.