A series of special events and entertainment including parades, music, and a coronation ceremony honoring the King and Queen of the festival - Thomas W. Temple and Gabriela Quiroz are some events of the three-day festival marking the Old Mission's 164th birthday anniversary.
Bernardine wears a white dress with a collar and train, along with a tiara and a scepter. She stands in front of a painting that says "California Department of Agriculture" and a female mannequin dressed as a Roman gladiator. At their feet are rows of oranges and a bear statue.
Mildred Howell Lewis was crowned queen of the third Los Angeles Fiesta de las Flores in 1896, but lost the medal that went along with the honor, until it was discovered recently by two blacksmiths shifting through ash heaps recently in Santa Ana.