Trinity claims Fiesta royalty

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Apr. 29, 2013

Trinity claims Fiesta royalty

Alumnus Steve Dutton ’82, ’88 reigns as King Antonio XCI

Alumnus Steve Dutton '82, '88 reigns as King Antonio XCI

By Mary Denny

SAN ANTONIO - For nearly two decades, San Antonio alumni have gathered to watch the Texas Cavalier's River Parade, one of the most colorful and unique events of the 10-day long, city-wide celebration known as Fiesta. 

Trinity floatLast year, the San Antonio Alumni Chapter decided to utilize the event to deepen their involvement and further bolster Trinity's connection with the community. They initiated a Trinity float and cheered wildly as Trinity president Dennis Ahlburg, his wife Penelope Harley, Trinity mascot LeeRoy, national Alumni Association president Dave Mansen, and the Trinity jazz band sailed by.            

This year, alumni parade goers had even more reason to cheer.  In addition to the Trinity float-again captained by president Ahlburg and LeeRoy-alumnus Steve Dutton '82, '88 led the River parade as King Antonio XCI.  Dutton, a self-employed San Antonio businessman, then spent a whirlwind week visiting more than 175 schools, children's charities, hospitals, and other Fiesta events. As King Antonio, his job was to spread merriment, but he also passed along his healthy living message, "Get up and get fit," to San Antonio's youngsters.

Dutton also led the Texas Cavaliers, a men's social and charitable organization responsible for the River Parade, in the Battle of Flowers parade, another long-time Fiesta tradition.

Trinity BalloonThe Battle of Flowers parade is another major Fiesta event that has attracted alumni participation. This year, for the eleventh consecutive year, 35 alumni, some from as far away as Austin and Houston, manned a 40' tiger balloon for the 2.6-mile march through downtown San Antonio. LeeRoy, the Trinity mascot-always a crowd favorite, especially with the children-accompanied the alumni balloon handlers.  

Picking up on another Fiesta tradition, Trinity's graphic designer Vee Dubose began designing Trinity Fiesta medals more than a dozen years ago.  The limited-edition medals are given to alumni parade participants and River Parade party-goers. The 2013 medal depicts the Trinity Tower, one of the University's most visible landmarks.   Past medals have featured the fountain and other campus icons, Trinity pennants, and variations on the Tiger motif.  For those who enjoy collecting Fiesta medals, a small number are sold in the campus bookstore prior to Fiesta each spring. Viva Fiesta!  To see more Fiesta pictures visit

 Mary Denny is associate director for University Communications and can be reached at