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Texas

Charro Days

This is as south as it can get: Brownsville is a small and quaint town on the Texas-Mexican border and lies as south as Miami, Florida. The Charro Days are a Mexican festival which was first celebrated in 1937. 'Charros' were the traditional Mexican Cowboys, the 'vequeros', and the annual festival is held to honor their era and life. Women wear colorful traditional dresses and men their traditional 'charro suit', that includes a soft tie and sombrero, the 'Traje de Charro'. The festival is held by Brownsville and the Mexican sister city Matamoros. The festival starts with the traditional fiesta shout, the 'Grita'. Visitors then enjoy parades, contests, mariachi and marimba bands as well as great Mexican and texan cooking.

Location:
From San Antonio take the I-37 South and exit after ca. 128 mi at exit 14. Continue on US 77 southwest. The driving distance to Brownsville is approx. 278 mi (4-5 hrs).

Schedule
The festival takes place during the second half of February, see Website.

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