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Music, horses and costumes. What extra may you ask. The XXIX Worldwide Mariachi FEstival

Readers of this column will recall that final week I defined that Ticketmaster has foiled my makes an attempt to purchase tickets to the Worldwide Mariachi Competition in Guadalajara, which started this week, so I opted for the free satellite tv for pc occasions.

We did attend the free live performance on the Malecon (boardwalk) within the county seat, Chapala, and loved an awesome lineup of world-class bands an singers, who carried out each classical songs and fashionable tunes l mariachi model. But it surely was standing room solely, (my press move obtained me into the VIP space, however not my spouse and canine, who had been with me), so after having fun with a a number of songs we realized that the sound system was so good, we may retire to a close-by restaurant, take pleasure in dinner and listen to the bands fairly clearly, which we did.

The subsequent day we attended one other satellite tv for pc occasion, the Charrería – usually generally known as a Mexican rodeo, however truly rather more. Mariachi is a key factor of the Charrería , reflecting mariachi’s function in Mexican society as extra than simply music, however is an integral a part of the essential occasions in life like marriage and quinceañera and even celebration of the useless.  Mariachi can also be an integral a part of sporting occasions, particularly the Charrería .

One of the crucial attention-grabbing, colourful and harmful competitions within the Charrería  is the Escaramuza, which requires mariachi music.  It’s the solely girls’s occasion  and it consists of 8 girls (or women as a result of some are as younger as 13) using sidesaddle on  extremely  educated horses whereas sporting  a number of petticoats and conventional lengthy clothes, in quick and really exact military-type horse drills, to the music of the Mariachi.

The Worldwide Mariachi Competition’s Charrería  attracts Escaramuza groups from round Mexico and the three finest nationwide groups competed.  The band held forth with songs extolling Mexico whereas the ladies cantered their horses into the ring, circled, and executed their drills. The viewers held  its collective breath as the ladies circled, cut up into teams, and rode via one another’s teams with out colliding

Typically the music stopped whereas the band members watched in awe as the lady and younger women on big horses deftly maneuvered round and thru one another with out a mishap at excessive velocity. One mistake and there may very well be our bodies on the bottom, presumably kicked or trampled.

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The whole scene – the Escaramuza, the roping and using, lariat demonstrations, pageantry of the parades of  women and men in colourful costumes on tremendous horses with fancy saddles and   bridles to the music of one of many Mexico’s nice Mariachis was magnificent. I’ve posted video with this column of the Escaramuzas. There was no press field – the media lined up within the aisles whereas households jostled us on their option to seats or concessions, so there are some shaking within the video however you may hear the music  and  see the costumes and drills.

Subsequent week: an evening of acoustic rock and roll. Mexican model

Patrick O’Heffernan



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