Fiesta de la Flor: A History
2019 marks the 5 Year Celebration of Fiesta de la Flor presented by CITGO happening April 12-13 in Corpus Christi, Texas. What began as an idea of a small street festival celebrating the legacy of Selena has turned into the reality of thousands of Selena fans flocking to Corpus Christi for music, fun and all things Selena at Fiesta de la Flor.
Fiesta de la Flor is a two-day festival that celebrates the life and legacy of Selena Quintanilla, known to her many admirers as the Queen of Tejano music. Every year, the festival brings 50,000 guests from all over the world to attend Fiesta de la Flor, creating more than $11 million in economic impact for the Corpus Christi community, a city in which Selena was proud to call her home.
This monumental event is hosted con tanto amor by Visit Corpus Christi with the immeasurable support of sponsors and the Quintanilla family.
2015: The Beginning
While Selena's legacy had been celebrated for 25 years, 2015 brought the inaugural festival where 52,000 guests and a sold-out-Saturday festival. Crowds were entertained by 12 bands with headliners AB Quintanilla y los Kumbia All Starz and Los Lobos.
The first year also brought the introduction of Fiesta de la Flor staples such as El Mercado, El Parque Kids Zone, La Plaza food truck court and the audience was awed with fireworks over the Corpus Christi Bay. Selena fans of all ages converged in Corpus Christi for this first-ever celebration, truly making it a family-friendly event.
Not even the threat of a tornado could scare away Selena fans. Friday night festivities were cut short by a tornado warning and torrential downpours, but Saturday still saw giant crowds. As a thunderstorm blew in on Saturday afternoon, festival-goers found shelter under tents, umbrellas and raincoats, made a quick run to their cars or hotel rooms, while others braved the rain for that front row spot. It wasn't long before the skies cleared and the sun was shining for the perfect afternoon at Fiesta de la Flor.
2016 was a remarkable year for Selena's legacy
Not only was 2016 the second year of Fiesta de la Flor but Selena won the top Latin album artist of the year, Female, at the Latin Billboard Music Awards, the global launch of MAC Selena cosmetics line was held in Corpus Christi, she was posthumously inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame and Madame Tussauds Hollywood created a Selena wax figure...just to name a few.
In 2016, festival-goers saw more than before at Fiesta de la Flor with an expanded festival site! International artisan vendors were added to the new indoor El Mercado, El Parque Kids Zone and La Plaza food truck court were expanded and McDonald's brought the Fiesta Tour: Annual Latin GRAMMY Experience as the first stop to the 2016 festival route.
The Selena Silent Disco in the Art Museum of South Texas, where fans grabbed a pair of headphones and jam to El Dusty spinning the very best of Selena was a hit. Fans also got the once-in-lifetime opportunity to watch the Selena movie in the Selena Auditorium. Crowds enjoyed 12 different music artists including headliners Ramon Ayala on Friday night and La Mafia closing out the festival on Saturday night.
2017 of Fiesta de la Flor featuring the Selena Wax Figure
2017 brought back all the things that Fiesta de la Flor fans have grown to love..and more. Eleven bands, the Selena silent disco, the El Parque, La Plaza and El Mercado, and of course, the annual Fiesta de la Flor closing with an unforgettable spectacular fireworks show.
The Madame Tussauds Hollywood Selena wax figure will made its journey to Fiesta de la Flor bringing joy to fans from all over the world who attended the 2017 Fiesta de la Flor. Fans were able to experience a close up of La Reina in the Art Museum of South Texas. Guest appearances by Jackie Cruz of Netflix hit show Orange is the New Black and Emmy Award-winner Jackie Guerra, who played Suzette in the Selena movie came to speak with Suzette Quintanilla on stage for One Person Unites Us, set in the Selena Auditorium.
2018 of Fiesta de la Flor with Becky G and Desi Perkins
In celebrating the 4th year of Fiesta de la Flor, thousands of Selena fans flocked to Corpus Christi to celebrate the Queen of Tejano. The 2018 festival featured everything from the Selena silent disco to panel conversation with Suzette Quintanilla, Becky G and Desi Perkins in One Person Unites Us.
Families enjoyed the expanded kids zone and El Mercado, and performances by The Mavericks and Los Palominos rocked the stage Friday night following headliners Becky G and Elida Reyna finishing off the 2018 festival.
The 2019 Fiesta de la Flor now celebrates 5 years!
Selena’s memory is as alive today as she continues to fascinate the public. Fans, both new and old, still come to visit Corpus Christi from all parts of the globe to pay tribute to her legacy.
This year’s exciting line-up includes Leslie Grace, Little Joe Y La Familia, Jay Perez, Mariachi Campanas de America, Erick Y Su Grupo Massore, Gilbert Velasquez and Friends ft. David Marez, Joe Posada, Ram Herrera, Ricardo Castillion, Oscar G and Stevie D, Jenny and the Mexicats, Raulito con Grupo Remedio, Lucky Joe, Isabel Marie and JohnMikael Mrez.
Fiesta de la Flor 2019 brings a VIP ticket experience that includes VIP ultimate collectors edition badge, exclusive Fiesta de la Flor VIP branded wristband, FDLF merch, a VIP FDLF branded water bottle, access to a VIP-only festival merchandise tent, access to a VIP-only beverage station, access to a VIP-only chill zone, special seating 1 hr before “One Person Unites Us”, line jumping FDLF lines (merchandise booths and bar) through the duration of the event and 1 hr early entry into the festival both days...and of course, 2-day admission into Fiesta de la Flor!