Memorias de Romance – Viva La Charro…
The original founders of Charro Days chose as a theme for their unique festival the colorful and tradition rich history of cooperation between Brownsville and Mexico. The first Charro Days and every one since then has featured the beautiful regional costumes of Mexico and adopted as its symbols the elegant Mexican senorita dressed in the national costume of Mexico and the dashing Mexican cowboy or vaquero. The senorita’s costume is the China Poblana (originally from the Mexican State of Puebla) and the gentleman is dressed in a vaqueros festive Sunday best, the Charro suit.
The China and the Charro personify the chivalry and romantic flavor of our tradition rich border culture that the originators of Charro Days wished to capture. Today, as sure as it was sixty two years ago, the China and Charro stir memories of an era of innocence and romance and set the tone for Charro Days in Brownsville, Texas, a truly unrivaled festival set on the Border by the Sea.
Rio may have its Carnival and New Orleans its Mardi Gras, but for the best homegrown, international celebration in the United States, Brownsville’s own Charro Days stands second to none. For while jazz is king in Louisiana and samba reigns supreme in Brazil, neither can match the sheer diversity and variety of music and bi-cultural ambiente of a Charro Days week, bubbling with the festive sounds of traditional mariachis, modern-day Tejano swing, and the myriad regional Mexican dances.
What started out as an idea among friends 64 years ago has transformed into an international event, drawing the interest of travelers far and wide and even earning recognition as one of the top 100 events in North America. National Geographic published a feature story on this unique international celebration on the United States’ southernmost city and its neighbors across the border.