Charro Days Celebrated in Brownsville

Fiesta Night atendees with Charro Days-styled outfits.

Fiesta Night atendees with Charro Days-styled outfits.

by Tony Vindell/LFN

The 81st annual Charro Days Fiesta was held in Brownsville attracting the usual tens of thousands of people who enjoy the cultural celebration.

It started Sunday, Feb. 18 with the Baile del Sol and ended Saturday, or the third day of the Sombrero Fest.

However, people have until March 4 to go to the 20th Century Carnival located at 301 Mexico Blvd in Brownsville.

On Wednesday night, the traditional Charro Days Fiesta Night was held and it was highlighted by Mexican movie and television star Pedro Fernandez.

Fernandez, who showed up escorted by Brownsville police, was introduced by Lucy Escamilla, the organization president.

Fernandez told the audience he was thankful for being named Mr. Amigo 2017.

“It’s a great honor for me to be here and to share with you these wonderful days of celebration,” he said, speaking in Spanish.

Mr. Amigo 2017 Pedro Fernandez.

Mr. Amigo 2017 Pedro Fernandez.

“It’s very important for me to return here because, as you might know, I started my career right here with La Mochila Azul.”

Fernandez was referring to the 1979 Mexican motion picture called La de la Mochila Azul (or the one with the blue backpack).

Charro Days Fiesta continued with a number of events, including three parades, a costume ball and the Sombrero Festival where a jalapeno eating, grito (or shout) and frijolimpic contests are held, among many other activities.

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