Inventing the Fiesta City: Heritage and Carnival in San Antonio

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UNM Press, 2008 - History - 238 pages

Fiesta San Antonio began in 1891 and through the twentieth century expanded from a single parade to over two hundred events spanning a ten-day period. Laura Hernández-Ehrisman examines Fiesta's development as part of San Antonio's culture of power relations between men and women, Anglos and Mexicanos.

In some ways Fiesta resembles hundreds of urban celebrations across the country, but San Antonio offers a unique fusion of Southern, Western, and Mexican cultures that articulates a distinct community identity. From its beginning as a celebration of a new social order in San Antonio controlled by a German and Anglo elite to the citywide spectacle of today, Hernández-Ehrisman traces the connections between Fiesta and the construction of the city's tourist industry and social change in San Antonio.

 

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Contents

1 Battle of Flowers
18
2 The Order of the Alamo
44
3 Night in Old San Antonio
73
4 Juan Q Public
103
5 Rey Feo and the Politics of Inclusion19702000
135
6 Fiesta Rowdiness
169
Conclusion
194
Notes
199
Bibliography
226
Index
233
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Laura Hernandez-Ehrisman is an adjunct professor at St. Edward's University.

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