King Antonio, one of the longest-standing Fiesta®
traditions, is a member of the royalty who reign over the merriment of Fiesta®.
King Antonio is selected each year from the ranks of the Texas Cavaliers, a
patriotic and civic organization, and his public investiture takes place at
sunset in front of the Alamo. Dating to 1927, this inspiring ceremony begins
the reign of the new king, honors the memory of matchless heroes who fell at
the Alamo and recognizes new Cavaliers. The tradition of naming a king to
preside over Fiesta® began in 1896. King Antonio’s distinctive red and blue
uniform, with sword and plumed hat, was inspired by the dress of the French
Foreign Legion and French officers corps of World War I.
During his reign, King Antonio visits schools throughout the
city, hospitals, nursing homes and business and community groups. Through the
Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation the Cavaliers disburse funds to support
children’s charities in the community.
Admission is free.
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