La Fiesta Turns 25

Gayden Beaird makes her debut as the first-ever duchess of Texas, complete with musical accompaniment. “They played The Yellow Rose of Texas when I came out,” she said, “which of course is a song about a prostitute. So that’s always good.”

Twenty five years ago, La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas’ first round of six duchesses bowed for the crowd in the parking lot of Highland Park Village. No, really — the parking lot.

Tomorrow, almost 40 young women and their escorts, families and friends will recreate the tradition at the Hilton Anatole.

In today’s issue of Park Cities Two, we pay homage to La Fiesta’s hometown beginnings, and the beloved old house that prompted that inaugural party back in 1986. Pick up a copy to find first-person accounts, memories, and scrapbook-style photos … complete with full-on ’80s hair.

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2 thoughts on “La Fiesta Turns 25

  • June 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    That was a fantastic article in the paper. Congratulations. I LOVED the photography and the history. I recognized several faces of former Duchesses which is so fun to see. Great job!

  • July 1, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Wow! Look at Gayden! That’s awesome that it has been 25 years. And thanks for putting Gayden’s picture up. I’ve known her for almost my whole life, but I haven’t seen her since the picture was probably taken.


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