A change announced by the Brownsville Independent School District regarding the Charro Day Children’s Parade has some questioning their decision.
Charro Days started in the 1930’s to uplift the community.
Every year, there’s a celebration where people dressed as charros and flock to Brownsville streets honoring the rich cultural heritage.
“Charro Days is the only international celebration of its kind, either on the Canadian border or the U.S. – Mexico border.”
For decades, the Brownsville Independent School District has organized the Children’s Charro Day Parade.
This year, the district says they’ll only allow schools in the district to participate in the parade.
“Mostly a logistical concern,” said Alfonso Gutierrez, Interim Public Information Officer for the Brownsville Independent School District. “It’s not feasible for us to accommodate all of those schools in any one parade for Charro Days.”
Residents in the community weren’t happy about the announcement.
One Facebook comment says, “charter and private schools should be able to attend. This is sad.”
Others say this should go into effect next year. Gutierrez apologized for any confusion.
“Sorry for any inconvenience that we may have caused those students or those families of charter schools who might have already been preparing, whether it’s practicing their dances or maybe looking for costumes,” he said.
Brownsville ISD plans to rotate schools within the district every year, giving students a chance to shine. The school district hosts and organizes the children’s parade as Charro Days Fiesta Incorporated has no input on the children’s parade.