Tejano legend Dr. Patsy Torres, PhD, has been named one of the grand marshals of the 2016 Fiesta Flambeau parade, officials announced Tuesday.
“It’s official,” Torres posted on her official Facebook page. “Thank you to the fiesta Flambeau commission for selecting me to be the grand marshal of the fiesta Flambeau parade 2016! Viva fiesta!”
The Fiesta Flambeau Parade Association announced Torres and University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) President Dr. Ricardo Romo as this year’s grand marshals at a press conference on Tuesday.
“When they first told me, I kind of couldn’t believe it,” Torres told KSAT-TV. “I’m a San Antonio girl. I love my city. I love my people. So, with me recognized like this, locally. It’s an honor, it’s a thrill. I’m just so excited. I just want to yell gritos the whole time.”
The Fiesta Flambeau Parade, the largest illuminated night parade in the nation, is considered the premier event of the 11 days of San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration. Every year, the Flambeau parade features floats, marching bands and other musical groups. The main parade, with a theme this year of “Long Live Texas,” will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration begins Thursday, April 14 and ends Sunday, April 24.