Parades, carnival, art contest, and lots of dancing at 81st Charro Days fiesta

Featured image: Dancing in the streets at a previous Charro Days fiesta (photo credit: Charro Days)

Charro Days, the Rio Grande’s largest fiesta, dances into Brownsville, Texas on Sunday, February 18.

The fiesta starts at noon with a big street dance at the Charro Days Headquarters, 455 East Elizabeth Street. Admission is free, and there will be lots of food, live music, and folkloric dances until 6 p.m. Watch the dancers, and if you’re inspired, join them.

There’s even more dancing at these ticketed events throughout the festival:

  • A Little Bit of Mexico, Sunday, February 18, at the Texas Southmost College (TSC) Performing Arts Center, 90 Taylor Avenue, on the east side of campus. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30. Tickets cost $20 per person, and a $5 discount is available for seniors. For more information and to buy tickets, call the Incarnate World Academy at (956) 546-4486.
  • Noche Mexicana, Thursday, February 22, 6-11 p.m. at the Jacob Brown Auditorium at TSC, 600 International Blvd. Noé Pro and The Band, Mariachi 7 Leguas, and folkloric dancers will be featured. Food will be served. Tickets are $30 per person. Buy tickets at the Charro Days Headquarters. Call (956) 542-4245 for more information.
  • Charro Days Fiesta Costume Ball, Saturday, February 24, 8 p.m.-midnight at the Jacob Brown Auditorium, features two-time Grammy award winner Michael Salgado. Tickets cost $30 per person and are available at the Charro Days Headquarters. Call (956) 542-4245 for more information.

Many festivals have only one parade, but Charro Days has four:

  • Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) Children’s Charro Days Parade, Thursday, February 22, 2:30 p.m.
  • Illuminated Night Parade, Friday, February 23, 7 p.m.
  • Color Guard Parade, Saturday, February 24, 12:30 p.m.
  • Grand International Parade, Saturday, February 24, 1 p.m.

All parade routes follow Elizabeth Street through Historic Downtown Brownsville.

Other activities include the Charro Days Art Contest February 20-24 at the Brownsville Historical Museum, 1325 East Washington Street, and the Charro Days Carnival featuring more than 40 rides, games, and food.

The carnival runs February 22 to March 4 at 301 Mexico Blvd. at the International Technology, Education and Commerce (ITECC). Buy tickets in advance at the Charro Days Headquarters or at the gate during the carnival (check prices). The carnival opens at 6 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

View the complete Charro Days schedule.

For more information, go to the Charro Days’ website or call (956) 542-4245.

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