Your 2011 Fiesta Fashion Calendar

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Fiesta and fashion go hand in hand. From the elaborate jewel-encrusted Coronation gowns, to the Folklorico float dresses, and even Miss Fiesta’s dramatic Miss America diamond crown, one thing’s for sure: San Antonio loves

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celebrating the occasion at volume ten, with loud—and even tacky—colors, a little bling-bling and a lot of big hair. But whether you’re gaudy or a little low-key, there’s fashion for every taste this Fiesta season, with one of the first fashion events kicking off this evening.

The second annual Fiesta Fierce Fashion Parade commences tonight at the Hotel Contessa, with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Local designers include IADT’s Valerie J. Perez, Isabel Lotti, Steven Downer, Jolissa Sellers, as well as Haute Republic. Ticket sales, which can be purchased at the door for $25, benefit St. Peter – St. Joseph Children’s Home.

The tenth annual Fiesta Masquerade Party, sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Psi Alpha Chapter, will be held at the Doubletree Hotel on April 8th, from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. The $25 ticket price includes food, door prizes and live music. Festive costumes are encouraged.

On April 9th, from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., the non-profit Pan American League hosts the ninth annual Fiesta Ole Style Show and Luncheon at the Club at Sonterra. Tickets for the event, which includes a runway show complete with models in fiesta wear, are $40 and benefit the Pan American charities.

Check out the Fiesta Teenage Coronation on April 10th, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., at the San Pedro Playhouse. Sponsored by the Women’s Club of San Antonio, The event is free—but who would guess it with the $20,000 ball gowns—and features the daughters, granddaughters and children from the members of the 113-year-old Woman’s Club of San Antonio.

And last but not least, the Incarnate Word Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show takes place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on April 11th from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The New York-style runway show is produced by Incarnate Word fashion students and includes a luncheon.  Individual tickets are available for $75.

For a list of other Fiesta events, visit the Fiesta website, or pick up an events brochure from the Fiesta San Antonio Commission or look for the brochure at local hotels and restaurants.

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