May 4, 2023

Discovery Green spoofs viral quinceañera video to invite Houston to its birthday celebration

Remember, if you will, way back in 2016. For many it was a “dumpster fire” year best remembered as the year we lost David Bowie and Prince. Which is why the internet went looking for a brighter story to follow.

Enter “Los XV de Rubí.”

The meme started when Crescencio Ibarra invited “everyone” to the quinceañera celebration for his daughter, Rubí Ibarra García. Mr. Ibarra posted it publicly on Facebook, never expecting that the world would consider themselves invited. Ultimately over 1.1 million people RSVP’d to the party.

In celebration of Discovery Green’s 15th anniversary, the park is throwing a quinceañera party and decided to spoof Mr. Ibarra’s deadpan delivery of the invitation. Then, we posted it to the internet in the hopes that all of Houston would consider themselves invited.

Los XV de Discovery Green, featuring Jose Leal, director of finance, and Sheilla Wright, social media manager.

On May 7, 2023 from 12 – 5 pm the party begins with a free yoga class from 12 – 1 pm on the Grace Event Lawn, a dog costume contest starts at 1:15 (pre-registration required) and performances will be held on stage all day long:

12 pm UH Mariachi Pumas

12:30 pm Dance of Asian America

12:55 pm Nueva Luna Ballet Folklorico

1:20 pm Han Narea (Nanta)

1:30 pm Houston K-Pop

1:55 pm Colombian Folkloric Ballet

2:20 pm Son Kiss’d (side of stage)

2:45 pm Han Narea (Coronet dance)

2:50 pm Houston K-Pop

3 pm Han Narea (Fan dance)

3:10 pm Naach Houston

3:25 pm Nia’s Daughters Movement Collective

3:35 pm Special Guest

3:45 pm NAACH Houston

3:55 pm Son Kiss’d (side of stage)

4:15 pm Cirque Olympus

4:40 pm Reverend Butter – DLG Ice Carving

Plus, enjoy food trucks, art cars, the PNC Bank Kids’ Zone and free cupcakes from H-E-B for donors. A one day only interactive art installation, Canopy by Pneuhaus, will be installed on the White Promenade. The installation consists of a canopy that lights up when visitors power the electricity generating bicycles. More info at

The day is a showcase of Houston’s diverse traditions and a celebration of the Discovery Green visitors who have made this 12-acre urban green space the vibrant community that it is.

You’re invited!

Discovery Green’s mission is to provide free art and cultural entertainment for everyone, but we cannot do it without your help. Please, if you are able, consider joining our community of donors.

This spring you can bring joy to the millions of visitors who consider Discovery Green a treasured Houston icon. Donate now to help us reach our goal of $30,000 by the end of May.

A screen shot of the quincenera invite video posted to Youtube