Selena festival returns for its third year

Michelle Reed

Selena will be in Corpus Christi this month through her wax her figure created by the famous Madame Tussauds. The third annual Fiesta De La Flor is Corpus Christi’s largest festival honoring the Queen of Tejano, Selena Quintanilla. The Selena wax figure is coming all the way from Hollywood for the festival.

“Madam Tussaud Hollywood has been so overwhelmed with the response from visitors coming in just to see Selena’s wax figure. Right now she is the number one attraction for them,” said Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister.

“The opportunity to ask Madame Tussauds to possibly have the wax figure came up during a call. I simply asked if they would consider lending her for a couple of days for our annual festival that is held here in our hometown and they said I think we can. I was so surprised cause I really didn’t think they would say yes,” Suzette Quintanilla said.

According the Corpus Christi Visitors bureau, special guests will also appear at this year’s event, including actress Jackie Cruz from “Orange is the New Black.” Also, actress Jackie Guerra, who played Suzette Quintanilla, the sister and drummer for Selena in the movie “Selena,” will be on hand.

More than 55,000 people from 36 states and seven countries attended the festival in 2016.

The festival will feature El Mercado, live entertainment, fireworks, Silent Disco experience and food trucks.

“The Mercado will feature two special components, which includes over 40 international vendors from Ecuador, Mexico and all over South America and that will include handmade goods as well as the 30 vendors from the United States. Each vendor that turns in an application turns in a story of how much they love Selena and how they were inspired. Each vendor sells handmade items,” said Heidi Hovda, with the Corpus Christi Visitors Bureau.

Live music will include Grammy award winning A.B.Quintanilla y Elektra Kumbia, Jimmy Gonzalez, La Mafia along with Tejano artist Megan Chapa, Isabel Marie, David Marez, Las Fenix, Pete Austudillo, Adalberto and the Latin Breed, and top 40s band Finding Friday.

The event will take place March 24-25 in downtown Corpus Christi, at the North Bayfront Park. The two-day admission cost is $15 and includes the viewing of the wax figure.

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