03/29/2016 2:40 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Las Doñas de la Corte Presenting the 63rd Annual Buccaneer Days Coronation
“The Court of Culture & Costume in Dance” on April 28
The public is invited to attend and celebrate a night of South Texas pageantry and
splendor; tickets available beginning April 1, 2016
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – (MARCH 29, 2016) - Las Doñas de la Corte is proud to present “The Court of Culture & Costume in Dance” on Thursday, April 28 at the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium. This year marks the 63rd year of the annual Buccaneer Days Coronation, and the public is invited to attend.
The annual Buccaneer Coronation, modeled after a royal court reminiscent of the Spanish rule of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, pays homage to 16th century explorer Alonso De Pineda who discovered Corpus Christi Bay. Each year King Alonso and the Queen are crowned at the Coronation pageant. King Alonso, the Queen and the Princess of the court remain closely guarded secrets until they are each presented at the end of the Coronation.
The Coronation and its time-honored traditions began in Corpus Christi in 1954 when - at the request of the local Civitan Club - Las Doñas presented a Buccaneer Days Coronation Pageant, designed to promote Buccaneer Days festivities in South Texas and throughout the state. The King’s Men organization was formed to support and further publicize Buccaneer Days and Corpus Christi, as well as to assist Las Doñas with the court and the annual celebration.
Each year Las Doñas presents this extraordinary pageant, honoring local and out-of-town families, as they celebrate the traditions of the past which are woven into the present and culminate in a magnificent night of courtly splendor. Since 1954, hundreds of families have participated in this community event. In keeping with that heritage and tradition, Duchesses and children in this year’s court represent second and often third generation family participation in this annual event.
Mrs. Robert W. Madry, Jr, President of Las Doñas de la Corte has announced that the official Court Artists of this year’s dresses are the local mother-daughter team of Leslie Phillips-Greco and Patricia Phillips, with direction from Wardrobe Chairman Janet Herbst and Assistant Chairman Sandy McCampbell.
For the past two years, 18 royal robes, gowns and trains – considered true works of art - have been designed to depict this year’s theme – “The Court of Culture & Costume in Dance.” Each Duchess will be presented in a magnificent hand-tailored costume showcasing the music and rhythm of dances from around the world, and celebrating the cultures from which each dance was born. Inspiration for this year’s theme emerged through the movements, music and costumes of dance, and the meanings they convey which are often beyond words. The Wardrobe Chairmen and the court artists designs have been brought to life by Courtiers Georgette Afram; Gloria Bechara and Samia Bechara- Palfreyman; Andres Contreras and Lucy Salinas and Monica Castillo.
In addition to all of the time-honored Coronation traditions, Las Doñas de la Corte is also proud to be a partner with the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in supporting our community. Friends and family may honor Duchesses and all participants in the court by donating to the Coastal Bend Day of giving Matching Fund through the Foundation. This is a special way to commemorate the Court during the Buccaneer Coronation as well as benefit Corpus Christi and the surrounding communities. To donate, or for more information about the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, go online to www.cbcfoundation.org.
The evening of the Coronation, doors at Selena Auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m., and the Coronation begins at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the Coronation, the public is also invited to the Coronation Reception which will be held upstairs in the Watergarden Room in American Bank Center. At the reception guests will have the opportunity to meet the Duchesses and Royalty and observe the extraordinary costume designs. Light hors-d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.
Tickets are $60 each and will be available on ticketchmaster.com starting April 1, 2016.
The Royal Robes Display will be held at the Art Center of Corpus Christi – 100 Shoreline Boulevard. from May 4 – June 5. Admission is free.
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