Cornyation: San Antonio's Outrageous Fiesta Tradition by Amy L. StoneCornyation: San Antonio's Outrageous Fiesta Tradition by Amy L. Stone

Cornyation: San Antonio's Outrageous Fiesta Tradition

byAmy L. Stone

Paperback | April 21, 2017

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Fiesta San Antonio began in 1891 began as a parade in honor of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto and has evolved into an annual Mardi Gras-like festival attended by four million with more than 100 cultural events raising money for nonprofit organizations in San Antonio, Texas.At Fiesta's start, the events were socially exclusive, one of the most prominent being the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, a lavish, debutante pageant crowning a queen of the festival. Cornyation was created in 1951 by members of San Antonio's theater community as a satire, mocking the elite with their own flamboyant duchesses, empresses, and queens, accompanied by men in drag and local political figures in outrageous costume. The stage show quickly transformed into a controversial parody of local and national politics and culture.Told through more than one hundred photographs and dozens of interviews,Cornyation is the first history of this major Fiesta San Antonio event, tracing how it has become one of Texas's iconic and longest-running celebrations, and one of the Southwest's first large-scale fundraisers for HIV-AIDS research, raising more than two million dollars since 1990.
Amy L. Stone is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author ofGay Rights at the Ballot Box and the coeditor, with Jaime Cantrell, ofOut of the Closet, into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories. Stone's areas of study include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transg...
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Title:Cornyation: San Antonio's Outrageous Fiesta TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 8 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 21, 2017Publisher:Trinity University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:159534800X

ISBN - 13:9781595348005

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'Though Fiesta is famed throughout Texas (and perhaps beyond) for its parades, concerts, and block parties, one of its most lively events is known to few outside the city limits: Cornyation, a satire of the festival'apos;s Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo. Begun in 1951, Cornyation lampooned the local social elites who ran Fiesta and cast itself as an event for the city'apos;s 'little people.' In the years that followed, this modest, grassroots affair evolved into a three-day spectacle featuring such characters as the Pointless Sisters, the Vice-Empress of Garlic (who wore an odoriferous necklace of garlic weighing five pounds"), and the Duchess of Herman'apos;s Happiness. After going into hibernation in the mid-sixties, Cornyation reemerged in the eighties as the AIDS crisis made its message of acceptance more urgent than ever.' -Texas Monthly'Five years in the making, Stone'apos;s hotly anticipated bookCornyation: San Antonio'apos;s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition presents her many findings in a format that'apos;s part scrapbook, part crash course. Brought to life through 40-plus interviews, excerpts from scripts and more than 100 photos that date as far back as the 1950s, the book offers a fascinating look at Fiesta'apos;s development into a more inclusive 'party with a purpose and Cornyation'apos;s transformation from a 'Fiesta for the little people' to a major fundraiser that'apos;s donated more than $2 million to local HIV/AIDS charities.' -San Antonio Current'When Amy Stone left her first Cornyation in 2009, she had more questions than answers. So the Trinity University associate professor of sociology and anthropology did what she does best and started researching... .Eight years later, she'apos;s publishedCornyation: San Antonio'apos;s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition, which chronicles the satirical show'apos;s history through photos, interviews and document research.' -San Antonio Magazine"