The tradition of a Quinceanera having a court of honor is as old as time itself.
For many generations, it has been a tradition that the young lady turning 15 is to choose 14 young ladies which are known as her “Damas” and 14 gentlemen known as “Chambelanes” to become her court of honor. Then in addition to an escort for the quinceañera herself, with each couple representing a year of the girl’s life. However, for simplicity’s sake, some people choose to halve this. Some families opt for seven girls and seven boys, while others have a court of just 14 damas or just 14 chambelanes.