Charro Days

(My grandpa on the left.)
I always get particularly homesick this time of year. At the end of February, my little hometown celebrates  “Charro Days,” a week-long celebration honoring the relationship between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico, sister border towns. It celebrates our unique Mexican-American/TexMex culture. The festivities start out with a “grito” and go on to include parades, traditional dances, delicious food, and lots of drinking. 

That’s me in 6th grade with my dance partner for the Charro Days parade. πŸ™‚
My dad is one of the people behind Sombrero Festival, a 3-day festival during Charro Days. There are tejano and mariachi concerts, jalapeno eating contests, and lots more. My favorite event is the frijolympics, a charro bean cook-off. (I love beans, haha.) Every last weekend in February of my childhood was spent running around Sombrero Festival with all the other directors’ kids. I miss those days and the Sombrero Festival family. It’s sad to think that the last time I was there was my senior year in high school. πŸ™ I’m surprised I don’t have more pictures, but here’s what I could find… 

My mom and I at my first Sombrero Festival
Sombrero Fest kids! πŸ™‚
My little brother D.J. & cousin Robby after they won something or other
My daddy speaking at a party for the SF crew at our ranch
My daddy with other past-presidents of Sombrero Festival
Anyway, I just wanted to share a little about this awesome holiday unique to my little hometown. I can’t wait to dress Eva in a beautiful little dress and take her to her first Sombrero Festival. Here are pictures of some of my Charro Days dresses over the years… 

Toddler me at one of my first Charro Days dances. I wish I could find the picture of me with the little boy I danced with. I don’t remember him but I remember hating him! Hahaha.
I was probably 4 or 5 in this one.
and 6 in this one.
My sister Steph and Me.
Celebrating Charro Days in Hawaii. πŸ™‚
I’ll leave you with my favorite Mariachi song. It’s kind of played out but I love it and this video.


  1. I too love these dresses and have so many pictures when I was little in them. My grandma would buy them and then add her own embroidery here and there. I only wish my mom kept them for one day when I’d have a daughter of my own. They are so beautiful!

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