Mayor gets dunked, Coronation dresses impress, and the Carnival experience

Posted at 11:00 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 00:00:13-04

The special time of year for our city known as Buc Days is all about having a good time and making sure locals have an event unique to the area. 

The dunking of the Corpus Christi Mayor is a tradition that began in the late 1930s. This year (2018) Mayor Joe McComb kicked of the Buc Days Carnival with the ceremonial dunk!!! 

"The parade, the carnival, the rodeo has been amazing as well, but all of it together has been awesome," Miss Buc Days participant, Isabella Guiterez told KZTV. 

Today, was a perfect day to begin the carnival with a discounted dollar rate, Dollar Day grants people entry and rides for only a buck. The Carnival boasted a stage with: live music, delicious treats, fun games, a petting zoo, and much more.Click here for Buc Days Carnival hours and schedule.

"Through people’s participation of the rodeo and Buc Days and the carnival, we are able to give scholarships and that is a big reason we do this today," Buc Days mascot of 21 years, Alex Garcia told KZTV. 

Down at the Selena Auditorium the 65th Annual Coronation put on a glamorous show. The Las Donas de la Corte were dressed in their usual, elaborate, hand tailored costumes putting immaculate detail and design on full display. Frances Williamson was crowned queen and Dr. Robert Madry Jr., the king. The entire court will take part in the big night parade on Saturday. 

Also tonight and to be continued thru the weekend, the ‘Red Dragon Pirates’ from Port Aransas performed family-friendly shows on the main stage at the Buc Days Carnival. If you can’t make it to Buc Days you can always catch the Red Dragon Pirates performing on their regular cruises out of Port Aransas. Click here to like them on Facebook.

One of the most anticipated parts of Buc Days is the Illuminated Night Parade, rules for the parade include:

  • No reserving until 5pm on Friday (technically)
  • Do not use anything permanent to reserve a spot
  • Private property is off-limits unless you have permission from owner
  • Alcohol allowed for consumption during the hours of 8pm-10pm 

Forty-nine year parade fanatic, Janie Chavez said it best, "Just be safe out there people and respect each other while you are sitting and watching the parade."