You'll have a few opportunities in April to meet St. Augustine's Royal Family.
On April 13, they will congregate at 1 pm at the City Marina 1 pm (111 Avenida Menendez) for the Blessing of the Fleet, part of St. Augustine's rich maritime heritage since 1946. Reverend Felipe J. Estevez, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, will offer the traditional blessing to all who pass before him. Join them on Easter Sunday in the plaza for the Promenade at 12:30 pm. You don't have to get gussied up (unless you want to) to attend, but the Royal Family will be as will dozens of promenaders. Best Dressed, Best Hat, Youngest, Oldest, and Who Traveled The Farthest are just a few of the prize categories! Afterwards, enjoy the Easter Parade at 3 pm, with its marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, the Easter Bunny, the Royal Family, and the city's carriage horses donning their Easter hats! You can meet the Family again on April 27 during the annual Fromajardes Serenade (a traditional Minorcan celebration during which young men are rewarded for their serenading abilities with Fromajardes, a Minorcan cheese pastry) and the Royal Tea Party later that afternoon.
The Royal Family who reigned superior in Spain in 1672 when construction began on Castillo de San Marcos consisted of Queen Marianna, King Carlos, and Princess Margarita Maria. It was Queen Mariana who commissioned the Fort to be built to defend St. Augustine, and the Easter Festival committee decided decades ago it would be that Royal Trio who would represent St. Augustine foreverafter.
In order to portray the Royal Family Trio, members must be able to trace their ancestry back to those who accompanied Pedro Menendez on his famed 1565 journey. This year’s entourage traces ancestry from the Rogero, Masters, Sanchez, Hernandez, Pellicer, and Pomar families, and features Christy Capallia as Queen Mariana, Tyler Baker as King Carlos, and Kaitlyn Greene as Princess Margarita Maria.