The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites the community to join the university as it celebrates its first Charreada Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, on the Student Union Lawn of the Brownsville Campus.
The event is a way for UTRGV to honor the traditions of legacy institution UT-Brownsville and its long history of participation in Charro Days activities. In addition to the Charreada Festival, UTRGV also will have a presence at the Sombrero Festival and will participate in the Charro Days parades.
Charro Days is celebrated each year with parades, festivals, music and dance, and as a way to celebrate Brownsville’s close relationship with the city of Matamoros just across the Rio Grande. And as part of Charro Days, Brownsville leaders bestow the honor of “Mr. Amigo” on a well-known Mexican citizen who has contributed to the spirit of friendship between the United States and Mexico.
This year’s Mr. Amigo is Itatí Cantoral, a Mexican actress, singer and dancer. UTRGV officially will welcome Mr. Amigo to campus during the Charreada.
UTRGV’s Charreada Festival will include performances by dance troupe Grupo Folklórico Tizatlán de UTRGV, the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán, and the UTRGV Marimba Reyna del Valle.
Community leaders from both sides of the border will be in attendance to honor Mr. Amigo and celebrate Charro Days.
The general public is invited to the program, featuring Mr. Amigo, musical entertainment and food sold by student organizations. As part of Charro Days tradition, community members are encouraged to dress in guayaberas (embroidered shirts for men), charro suits, colorful Mexican dresses and embroidered blouses.
The UTRGV Charreada begins at 11 a.m. with live musical entertainment. The Mr. Amigo program will begin when Itatí Cantoral arrives on campus.