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Tasteful San Antonio: The Floatening

So I've had a fun day discussing racism, backlash, white privilege, and other manifestations of everyone's favorite hobby of poisonous bigotry. In aid of that, and killing the last few minutes here at work, here is a fun story from last week:

Friday was the Battle of Flowers Parade, the kick-off of the Fiesta celebration here in SATX. I believe it commemorates the day that all the dead guys at the Alamo came back and smote the Mexicans with flowers, or something. Anyway, it's this huge parade that people prep for weeks in advance, and there are floats where Fiesta Princesses with absurd titles ("Princess of the Imperial Russian Bells" and "Princess of the Eternal Mysteries" and so on) are unable to move due to their huge and elaborate trains.

One of the princesses this year was African-American, and the theme of her float was 'Blacks in the Old West'. So there was her, dressed in her gigantic fucking Fiesta gown, and her consort, a black youth dressed as a cowboy. And they were standing in front of a target. And the centerpiece of the float was a huge revolver made of flowers, pointing at the two black people standing in front of a target.

I'm not sure if the black kids came up with this idea themselves, or if it was white people. And I'm not sure which would be worse. But I do know that it happened right here in...TASTEFUL SAN ANTONIO.

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janehex
Apr. 28th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
It's like you live on another planet sometimes, man.
ludickid
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
I was reading an article in the local paper about the Fiesta Princesses, and I think it would be my candidate for Whitest Thing Ever Written:

For Eloise Elisabeth Guggolz, the parade is truly all in the family: she and Caroline Allyson Basse, the Queen of the Court of the Splendors of Fire and Ice, are third cousins.

"My great-grandmother, Lieschen Guenther Chittim, was princess in 1920," she explains. "For day appearances I'll be wearing her crown. My mother, Marguerite, was queen in 1974. Dorothea Chittim Oppenheimer, my great-aunt, was queen in 1946. Several of my cousins have been duchesses and princesses. I've been a ramp page, a stage page, the queen's page, and the princess' page. Last year was the Duchess of Movie Legends in the Court of the Classic Silver Screen. So I guess this is something I've been in training for my whole life."


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Edited at 2008-04-29 12:03 am (UTC)
erindubitably
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Now if she had been a rampage, that would be a different story...
oilyrags
Apr. 28th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, who wants a lazy, obvious "The Wire" reference?
Just make sure the towers look like they do.
mckennl
Apr. 28th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
TARGET!!! Remember back after 9/11 when people were worried that Target would be a TARGET because, well....
ludickid
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Remember when Target put out an ad in the New Yorker after 9/11, and it featured all the New York skyscrapers with targets on them, and everyone was all, "Uh..."
vito_excalibur
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Aww, you're making me miss Fiesta. I always think I'ma come back for it the next year and then I never do.

Next year for sure...?
ludickid
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
I'm sure I'll be there, because I like getting drunk in the middle of the day.
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