Mariachi competition comes to San Antonio

November 25, 2013 by  

San Antonians who enjoy mariachi music have a treat in store, as the 19th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is about to take place.

The Extravaganza comprises a number of events taking place over the course of the event. The festival goes back to 1979, when the world-famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, based in Mexico City, performed in San Antonio in what was the first mariachi festival in the United States. The event paired a mariachi group with a symphony orchestra for the first time. Since then, such festivals have been held throughout the Southwest, but the San Antonio celebration remains the preeminent celebration of its type.

The San Antonio event is now the host of most competitive mariachi vocal and group contest in the U.S, and is also the largest. The Extravaganza helps promote higher education, as well as preserving Hispanic culture. More than 1,000 mariachi musicians get together every year in San Antonio to attend workshops, concerts, jam sessions, and, of course, compete with one another.

The festival ends with the competition winners giving a performance, and joining them is the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, the famous mariachi group formed more than a century ago.

The festival begins tomorrow, November 26, and runs through the evening of December 7, with the winners and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán concert, at the Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Event organizers could work with a poster printing company to create something really colorful and fun giving festival details, contact information, and admission prices.