She was a Texas star—known as the Queen of Cumbia and the Queen of Tejano Music.
She had the first Tejano record that achieved gold status. She successfully crossed over into the mainstream English music industry, posthumously. She inspired billions of people around the world and influenced all types of music with her lyrics, voice, and personality.
She is Selena Quintanilla.
Though Selena Quintanilla’s career took her to different places around the world, the people of Texas and her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, hold a soft spot in their hearts for a legendary songstress whose time on this Earth was cut short on March 31, 1995. Whether you were a fan when she was alive or was introduced to her after the Golden Globe-nominated movie “Selena,” starring Jennifer Lopez, appeared on screen, you can celebrate Selena in the very best way at Fiesta de la Flor.
Fiesta de la Flor is a two-day festival honoring Selena being held April 13-14 at Corpus Christi’s North Bay Front Park. The festival will feature top acts like The Mavericks, Los Palominos, Becky G and Elida Reyna, as well as a viewing of Selena y Los Dinos’ last concert at the Astrodome, which will be screened on the wall of the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium.
The Madame Tussauds Selena wax figure will also be in attendance for visitors of the festival to enjoy. YouTube megastar makeup artist Desi Perkins will be sharing a free Selena makeup tutorial on stage, a fun prelude to a conversation between Perkins, Becky G, and Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, about the impact that Selena had on pop culture, music, and people both during her time and today.
Other notable activities during the festival includes a silent disco, food trucks, a Kids Zone, and a Mercado featuring 80 artisans from Mexico and Central and South America. With music, conversations, and a lot of Selena music, a fireworks show will bring all of the festivities together.
Whether you love the hip dancing movement of Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, or the powerful lyrics of Como La Flor, a trip to Fiesta de la Flor is sure to make you say, “I could fall in love,” all over again with Selena Quintanilla.
Alex Temblador is a novelist and travel writer based in Dallas, whose work has appeared in outlets such as Oyster, Matador Network, Culture Trip, Huffington Post, among many others. She is @alextemblador.