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2017JulyAugust fiesta Addie Clark, Lauren Gray, Adrianne Leibman and Madeline Hahnfeld

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Alexandra Schlumberger Henry, Duchess of Equestrian Gifts

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Allison Holmes & Jeff and Anne Marie Bailey

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Ambiance - Fiesta PG 2JPG

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Amy Daniell and Curtis Vaughan, IV SILHOUETTE PG 2

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Amy Elizabeth Daniell, Duchess of Quebrada de Humahuaca

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Anne Carl, Madeline Hahnfeld and Laura Fondren LIGHTEN

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Barrett Allison Wolff, Duchess of the Land of Fire and Ice

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Britt and Cardo Kleberg & CC Armstrong SILHOUETTE PG 3

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Callie and Andrew Price SILHOUETTE PG 3

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Camilla Bright Brusenhan, Queen of the Argentine Republic

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Emily and Ted Liljenwall CROP OUT GUY ON RIGHT

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Frances Carolina Roberts, Princess of the Splendors of the Rio De La Plata

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Genevieve Hodges, Caroline Reasoner, Ginny Griffin, Morgan Prasher and Pia Polomei LIGHTEN

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Hilary Blue Shaw, Duchess of Treasured Mendoza Tiles

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Josephine Tinsley Simpson, Duchess Of Sacred Argentine Traditions

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Katherine Brooke Yarborough, Duchess Of The Wanderers Of The Pampas

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Kathy and Albert Biendenharn

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Laney Underwood, Salone Norris and Caroline Oden

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Lauren Anne Gray, Duchess Of Carnival De Gualeguaycho

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Lauren Elise Reckling, Duchess Of Glorious Teatro Colon

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Lauren Reckling and Elise Reckling

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2017JulyAugust fiesta MAIN Ambiance - Fiesta PG 1 SILHOUETTE MARQUEE.LARGISH

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Margaret Camille Hunt, Duchess Of Poetic Inspiration

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Marilyn Winters, Christiana McCann, Carol Goodman, Jana McHenry and Katie Mann

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Olive Anne Kleberg, Linda Yarborough and Janell Kleberg SILHOUETTE PG 1

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Palmer Moldawer & Sarah and Steve Pitt

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Risse Knight and Meredith Knight SILHOUETTE PG 3

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Sophie Larkin and Caroleene Dobson

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2017JulyAugust fiesta The 2017 Court of the Argentine Republic PG 1 TOP PLACE HEADLINE IN TOP WALL

2017 San Antonio Fiesta The 2017 Court of the Argentine Republic

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Tio Kleberg & Carolyn and Mark Johnson PG 1

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Virginia Armstrong Seal, Duchess of Romantic Dances

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2017JulyAugust fiesta Webb and Elise Sellers SILHOUETTE PG 2

Fiesta’s Order Of The Alamo Presents Court Of The Argentine Republic

By Jake Gaines
Photography by Greg Harrison
Portrait photography by Gary Stanko of Billo Smith Studios

THE SCENE: Fiesta San Antonio 2017, celebrating its 126th anniversary this year, was the annual celebration’s most eclectic year ever. Fiesta supports many local philanthropic organizations and contributes substantially to the city’s economy. The festivities and pageantry, lasting several days and nights, extended into three full weeks this year. Events included the Battle of Flowers parade through downtown, directed by the Battle of Flowers Association and founded in 1891 by local business leaders when the Fiesta was inaugurated. The work that went into the festivities, almost a year into the making, proved itself through the positive impact the events had on the city of San Antonio.

THE VIBE: Fiesta’s gorgeous gowns are legendary, and this year’s designs were especially stunning. The Court Artist this year was Elizabeth Roberts. The Mistress of the Robes was Marnie Tate Simpson, who with her team, spent over three years design the trains and gowns. With The Court of Argentine Republic theme as the creative direction, the court wore their royal garments that were adorned with Swarovski and Aurora Borealis crystals, glass baguettes, rhinestone chains, bugle beads, custom stones, coins and tassels on dramatic gowns that bore 10-14 foot long trains, each weighing up to 60 pounds. The court designs evoked the images from Argentina’s gaucho to its deserts and vineyards. The lush jungles of Tierra del Fuego, country’s landscape and life, the country’s equestrian traditions and Buenos Aires provided more inspiration.

THE CAUSE: This year’s court contained 24 duchesses. Dr. Michael Casillas served as this year’s King Antonio XCV, the 2017 Coronation Chairman was Robert Eversberg, while the President of the Order of the Alamo is Scott Christy. The Lord High Chamberlain was Stephen “Tio” Kleberg and EL Rey Feo LXIX was Fred Reyes III. Contributing to Fiesta’s spirit of giving, The Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation, founded in 1989, have raised over $3.5 million dollars to date that have been awarded to local children’s charities.