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The Historic Brownsville Museum Collection, no. 2 - Charro Days Fiesta 1946

The Historic Brownsville Museum

Silent | March 1946

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  •  Flag holders in parade  
  •  Marching bands and floats in parade 
  •  Different dancing groups in parade 
  •  St. Joseph's Incarnate Word group 
  •  Booths set up around the parade 
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Charro Days Fiesta is held every year in Brownsville, TX to celebrate the rich traditions, culture and shared heritage of the Texas – Mexican border region. Since the first Charro Days Fiesta in 1938 to the present day, the festival continues to be an important part of Brownsville culture. The fiesta is held every year in late February and includes parades, traditional dance and dress, arts and crafts, music and food, as well as special performances and events. This footage features one of the many festive parades held annually in the Charro Days Fiesta. Points of interest include the intricate costumes worn in the parade, marching bands, dancing, and colorful floats. Notably, a boy dressed as Uncle Sam carrying an American flag walks beside a girl in a traditional China Poblana dress who carries a Mexican flag; this symbolizes the promotion of international relationships, the focus of the Fiesta. Women selling woven baskets in a market are also featured as well as townspeople enjoying the boat races from afar.