|(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. :)|
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. :-( 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! :)|
|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. :)|
I'll leave you with my favorite Mariachi song. It's kind of played out but I love it and this video.