A Night in Old San Antonio : A History in Photographs
King Antonio LXXXIV, Rick Shaw, enjoys a skewer of NIOSA's delicious anticuchos, a Peruvian dish consisting of grilled marinated steak fit for a king. Selected from among the Texas Cavaliers since 1927, King Antonio presides over Fiesta festivities city—wide, including the opening night of NIOSA. In addition to greeting his royal subjects at numerous events, his duties include distributing charitable funds and delivering a positive message to school children.

Ronnie Gabriel, as El Rey Feo LVIII, takes a break from his royal duties to sample some anticuchos. NIOSA first introduced this delicacy to San Antonio in the mid—1950s. Like King Antonio, the "Ugly King" reigns over Fiesta events, performs charitable work, and dispenses both medals and good cheer. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) created El Rey Feo in 1947 as a way to raise scholarship money for underprivileged youth.

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Photo by Paul Overstreet, Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation
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King Antonio LXXXIV, Rick Shaw, 2006.King Antonio LXXXIV, Rick Shaw, 2006.
El Rey Feo LVIII, Ronnie Gabriel, 2006.El Rey Feo LVIII, Ronnie Gabriel, 2006.