Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition
San Antonio’s Fiesta is a world-renowned celebration, and at the heart of the party is Cornyation! This outrageous tradition satirizes the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, and it’s been delighting (and shocking!) locals and visitors alike since 1951.
Each year, Cornyation features a new crop of characters, from the Pointless Sisters to the Duchess of Herman’s Happiness. And with three days of non-stop revelry, there’s plenty of opportunity to catch all the hilarious hijinks. So if you’re looking for a truly unique Fiesta experience, be sure to check out Cornyation!
“Five years in the making, Stone’s hotly anticipated book Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition presents her many findings in a format that’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’s development into a more inclusive ‘party with a purpose and Cornyation’s transformation from a ‘Fiesta for the little people’ to a major fundraiser that’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’s published Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition, which chronicles the satirical show’s history through photos, interviews and document research.” ― San Antonio Magazine
“Stone’s new history of the show pays tribute to the closeted men and women ― theater directors, fashion designers, performers and stagehands ― who started the satirical extravaganza in the 1950s, when campy humor was one of very few creative outlets available to LGBT San Antonians.” ― Texas Observer
“Stone brings to this book a wealth of in-depth research she has been conducting since 2012, and great facility for characterizing the many people who have made Cornyation tick.” ― San Antonio Express-News
“Cornyation proves communities can raise a middle finger to homophobia, ignorance, and the status quo while still raising nearly $2 million for local HIV/AIDS charities.” ― Austin Chronicle
“Cornyation explores the idea of incorporating LGBTQIA individuals into the community, tracing the history of Texas’s most popular LGBTQIA event, and its evolution into a formidable fundraiser.” ― Rivard Report
“Cornyation, a satire show that pokes fun at local and national issues, celebrities and politicians has been part of Fiesta for decades. The event is the subject of a new book called Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition” ― KSAT ABC News San Antonio
“This particular Fiesta event is known for its diversity, its costumes, and for bringing on the laughs!” ― KENS CBS News San Antonio
“Created in 1951 by members of San Antonio’s theater community to satirize traditional, socially exclusive Fiesta events, Cornyation is a flamboyant, adult-themed parody of local and national politics and culture.” ― Texas Public Radio’s The Source
“Every year, millions attend the 10-day-long Fiesta. It features parades, food tastings, cultural events, sports and dances. But one of the most popular and colorful of these events is Cornyation. It’s been going on since the 1950s and has become one of the state’s longest-running LGBT celebrations. In a new book that takes the event’s name as its own, Amy Stone explores the history of Cornyation. It is part theatre, part drag show and all parts fun. And though Cornyation celebrates the LGBT community, Stone says the show has never been exclusively by or for those who identify as LGBT.” ― Texas Public Radio’s Texas Standard
“Author Amy Stone has fun with this phenomenon, while taking it seriously on a sociological level. The pictures are out of this world!” ― Austin-American Statesman