Fiesta’s Order Of The Alamo Presents Court Of Captivating Islands
By Kelsey Goldberg Photography by Greg Harrison and Gary Stanko of Billo Smith Studios
THE SCENE: Fiesta San Antonio 2015 promised to be a showstopper and indeed most agree it was the annual celebration’s strongest year ever. Fiesta supports many local philanthropic organizations and contributes substantially to the thriving city’s economy. The festivities and pageantry, normally lasting several days and nights, extended into three full weeks this year. Events included the famous 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 dazzling dresses, crowns, and grand trains sparkled with brilliant jewels, beads, and sequins that emphasized the grand festivities that unfolded at the regal Majestic Theatre downtown. The Court of Captivating Islands theme was created by Mistress of the Robes Linda Blount and her Court Artist Brook Rosser. Together they created the heavily bejeweled gowns that drew from Tahiti to Texas’ Mustang Island, each garment was inspired by an isles’ rich history, landscape and animal kingdom.
THE CAUSE: Her Gracious Majesty, Lida Wilhelmina Emilia Steves, Queen of The Court of Captivating Islands, presided over the coronation, with Her Royal Highness, Elizabeth Adaire Hughes, Princess of the Seven Seas. They led the court of 24 duchesses. Peter Holt served as the Grand Marshal for this year’s Battle of Flowers parade. Mark Johnson, Jr, was King Antonio XCIII, and the 2015 Coronation Chairman was Brandon Clementson. President of the Order of the Alamo is Kent Calgaard. Contributing to Fiesta’s spirit of giving, The Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation distributed over $200,000 to local children’s charities this year, tallying an impressive total raised by the organization.