What would Fiesta be without a medal or two? So I ended up with these two.
** Fiesta is 11 days of parties, parades and pomp in San Antonio. Traffic increases and parking scarce downtown. Although I don’t attend any events (not crazy about crowds), I do participate in collecting at least one medal each year, watching parts of the Battle of Flowers parade that passes by the offices, and braving the crowds searching for a gordita tent. (A gordita is a thick corn tortilla, deep fat fried, drained and filled with meat and cheese.) **
The medals can be quite artistic and almost always brightly colored. I got this one several years ago. It’s heavy. The bottom part is six inches deep.
They can also be quite elaborate. This one from another year actually came with a matching purple box embellished with a crown. The frame had a chihuahua (Order of the Small Canine, or something of that sort) that I replaced with one of Wiz, my cairn. It’s lost some of its bling, but the effort of the original maker is evident.