Modern expo embraces quinceañera tradition
The Quinceañera Magazine hosts an expo here in San Antonio, which the magazine has coined as the “premier Quinceañera Showcase for professionals to conduct face-to-face business with potential customers.” The expo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.17, hosted at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center located at 900 E. Market St.
Advance tickets are available via the website www.quinceaneraexpos.com for $8 plus applicable fees and taxes. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10.
A Quinceañera is an elaborate 15th birthday party celebrated in the Mexican and Mexican-American tradition that can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. According to one Univision national market study, over 400,000 Quinceañera celebrations occur each year.
“This party will be better than those luxurious sweet-sixteen parties you see on TV—ours has meaning and history,” Dayra Galvan said.
Galvan attended the expo last year at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall. She values her Mexican heritage. Even if it comes with a hefty price tag, stories passed onto her from family encourage her beliefs in such traditions.
She estimates she will spend around $11,000 on her daughter’s Quinceañera, which she called a “modest event.”
“I know it seems like a lot of money, but it’s not just stuff,” said Galvan. “There is a lot of history of why we do these things, that is why the family should come.”
The San Antonio Quinceañera Expo allows opportunities for mothers and daughters to share their experience with family and friends. Only those attending will have access to showcase displays of various dresses, decorations, food, reception halls, mariachi bands and cakes under one roof.
Mothers like Galvan plan multiple visits to the expo because the vendors are known to change. According to Quinceañera Magazine’s website, over 100 dedicated vendors will be available to meet the demands of Quinceañera party planning. The magazine also claims bridal and prom planning providers will be in attendance.