Her last dance in the pageant
by Jason Collins
Sep 03, 2010 | 1286 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Diez y Seiz pageant this weekend
Diana Cantu, reigning Miss Diez y Seis, practices her dance in preparation for Saturday’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Cultural Queens Pageant.
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Diana Cantu’s voice cracked with emotion as she explained that Saturday will be the last time she takes the stage to dance in the Diez y Seis de Septiembre Cultural Queens Pageant

“I am kind of sad performing my last dance for the pageant,” she said. “I have always been part of the pageant.

“I love the pageant.”

The pageant begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Coastal Bend College Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend for the evening of dance.

Diana won her first pageant in 2001 when she was crowned Little Miss Diez y Seis.

She won again in 2004, that time as Junior Miss.

Last year she took home the title of Miss Diez y Seis — a crown she will pass along during Saturday’s contest.

Her excitement for this pageant — held yearly around the celebration that marks the day Mexico earned its independence from Spain — is noticeable and likely why each year she won a crown, she also won miss congeniality.

Contestants of the pageant learn about the culture, heritage and traditions of a state in Mexico they are assigned to represent.

“You have an interview where they ask you questions about the state you are representing and yourself,” Diana said.

The girls also must perform a dance in the style of their state.

As Diana spoke, her love of the pageant was obvious, which is why she is a bit heavy-hearted that this is her last dance.

“I am kind of sad performing my last dance for the pageant,” she said.

She perked back up though as she recounted the numerous activities that will come next week as part of the Fiesta Diez y Seis celebration.

On Thursday, a special mariachi concert is planned featuring Mariachi Mexicanismo from Corpus Christi.

Following the concert will be a show of “Mexican movies.”

On Friday, there will be a “Conjunto Shootout” featuring local talent at the downtown Depot Pavilion. This free event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature regional conjuntos.

At the John C. Beasley Municipal Golf Course, the Sundowner/Nite Golf Tournament promises to be an exciting event.

The 26th annual Fiesta Parade on Saturday, Sept. 11, will kick off at 10:30 a.m. This year’s parade marshals will feature Balde Loya and Rosie Maldonado for their contributions to mariachi music.

At 9 a.m. that Saturday, the 40 and Older Fast Pitch Tournament will begin at the Veterans Memorial Park.

At 2 p.m., the Fiesta Disc Golf Tournament will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park disc golf course.

The gates will open at 11 a.m. at the Bee County Expo Center. Several events will be held there throughout the day, including cake walks, kids’ games, tamale eating contest, senior citizen bingo, ballet folklorico and others.

This year’s headliner band is Jaime y Los Chamacos. Other bands performing throughout the day will be Junior and the Majestics, Los Tremendos and Grupo Inizzo.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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