John Quinones (green shirt)
ABC News Anchor
Savor the Flavors of Fiesta, @ the Alamo. One hundred enticing ingredients will add spice to the savory celebration of the city's biggest festival at Fiesta Fiesta, the official opening ceremony for the 11-day extravaganza. On April 15th from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Alamo Plaza will be the desired destination to whet your entertainment appetites with a savory selection of everything Fiesta has to offer. The first festive course will be served up with emcee John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning ABC News anchor and San Antonio son, heating up the celebration with a Salute to Fiesta on the Alamo stage showcasing the military contribution to our annual celebration.
This year's military ambassadors will join Quiñones in announcing, "Fiesta Fiesta has begun!" Musical entertainment throughout the evening is to include the premier Navy rock band Electric Brigade; Las Divas, featuring former Fiesta queens; Ruben V; Music for the Soul featuring the Legends; Little Henry and the Tribute Band; and Judi Deleon and Latin Connection. Food and beverage booths will tempt taste buds with bountiful Fiesta favorites, and family activities abound.
A special children's area will feature games and activities for hands-on artistic endeavors. Pin Pandemonium, sponsored by www.FiestaMedals.com, will let you get up close and personal with Fiesta royalty for a pin and medal swapping frenzy.
As a second course, Show Me Fiesta will feature long-standing traditions that encourage revelers to relax and enjoy the party. The Greater San Antonio Chamber will perform the traditional "tie cutting," and the Hispanic Chamber will perform the "breaking of the heel." Both symbolic gestures remind those who are too tied up in everyday affairs to cut loose for 11 days.
The final course will encourage party patrons to Savor the Flavors of Fiesta as colorful costumed musicians lead a magical march of member organizations that make up the merriment that is Fiesta. Tanji Patton, the official Fiesta Foodie, will join Quiñones to celebrate the many flavors of the festival. A conga line parade through the crowd to the Alamo stage will end at a giant cazuela (pot) simmering with Fiesta activities.
Party chefs carrying colorfully decorated spoons will add their own event's spicy ingredients into the party pot. The fun-filled festival of fun will come to a boil with an explosion of confetti as Fiesta 2010 officially begins.The event is free and open to the public.