A Music Festival Honoring Selena Is Leaving Corpus Christi

Selena Quintanilla’s family withdrew their support for the event, which has been held for the past five years in the singer’s hometown.

By Terri LangfordOctober 8, 2019 11:49 am,

Five years ago, Corpus Christi hosted the first Fiesta de la Flor, a music festival honoring one of its most beloved hometown daughters: the queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla. Now, that festival may be overat least in Corpus Christi.

The singer was shot and killed in 1995, when she was 23, and many in Latino communities across Texas, and around the world, were shaken by her death at such a young age.  

Tom Whitehurst is opinion editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He says other, bigger cities are interested in hosting the festival, and they’ve made pitches to the Quintanilla family. 

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Which cities have expressed interest in hosting the festival

– How much money a city could bring to its economy through a Selena festival

– Why the Quintanilla family may want the festival hosted elsewhere

– Why the festival’s Corpus Christi-based sponsor pulled out of the festival


A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Fiesta de la Flor began four years ago.