Frontier Fiesta 2012 kicked off Thursday with music, cheers, and marching from various campus sororities and fraternities.
The opening event started at 4 p.m. with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and parade at Robertson Stadium.
This year’s themes included Diversity Night, Cougar Red Friday, and Family Fun Day with Joe Koppel Military Appreciation Night.
Thursday’s Diversity Night included live music by a psychedelic rock band from Argentina, Espantapajaros (Spanish for scarecrow), comedy acts, a belly dancing show and mariachi presentations.
“I thought this year’s Frontier Fiesta was pretty cool,” said Analicia Caylor, a petroleum engineering sophomore. “The store fronts were very well done; the live music was diverse.”
University of Houston utility staff member Wilson Torres, who has been working on campus for a little more than two years, said there was more fun to be had this year.
“I felt that more people attended this year’s Frontier Fiesta than the previous one,” Torres said. “I enjoyed the music, performances, and variety shows during my breaks from serving hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, barbecue and sandwiches to the public.”
Pharmacy senior Omar Qureshi, who tries to make it out every year, said this year “really rocked.”
“The music was awesome, the shows were great and the food was delicious. The carnival rides were also a nice touch to everything,” he said. “But most of all, I really appreciated the Military Appreciation Night to honor our troops.”
It seems this year’s Frontier Fiesta was a successful time of diversity and fun. Though the celebrations are now over, next year’s Frontier Fiesta will be back on campus before we know it.