Thousands of fans attended the Fiesta de la Flor music festival Friday night. This event celebrated Tejano icon Selena Quintanilla-Perez who was known for her amazing voice and impact in the hispanic culture, she would have turned 44 if she were still alive today but was tragically killed in 1995.
The city of Corpus Christi with the Quintanilla family organized the event, which began with a ribbon cutting. Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, and father, Abraham Quintanilla, were present. Also Many performers were set to take the stage, including Selena’s husband, Chris Perez.
Pedro Haro a fan who cam all the way from Hawaii, grew up in the island of Maui but now lives in Oahu.“I was growing up in Hawaii and there is not a lot of Mexican culture over there,” Haro said. “When I watched the (Selena) movie it was like, ‘Wow I didn’t realize this (about the culture)’ because we didn’t grow up around it. It made me feel good about my culture and all of those things. She embodies all those positive things about Latino culture.”
“Selena touched a lot of hearts,” said her brother Abraham Quintanilla, “Her fans viewed her as a positive, humble person and I’ve always believed that in Selena’s case it was just not the music but the person who made an impact.”
Selena’s influence runs far deeper than the music she left behind, she has become a cultural icon for Latinos who see her as a woman who was proud of her roots and achieved her dreams.