State Fair’s youth mariachi competition gives opportunity to highlight culture

Jul 23, 2018 by

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Vibrant guitar, violin and harp music echoed through the corridors of the California State Fair’s Expo Center Sunday where hundreds were gathered to watch the inaugural Youth Mariachi Competition.

Almost every seat in the PG&E Center Stage area was taken, and many onlookers stood in direct sunlight to watch students from various California schools dance, sing, and play instruments all while donning traditional mariachi uniforms, called trajes de charro.

The State Fair aims to reflect the Californian experience, and officials said that this competition was a good opportunity to highlight the “rich tradition of mariachi music that has helped weave the social and cultural tapestry of California,” according to a news release.

Ten different youth groups from cities including Anaheim, Salinas and Oxnard gathered to compete for a chance to win a first-place title and $5,000 – but for most performers and onlookers, the event was more about celebrating and sharing traditional Mexican culture.

Source: State Fair’s youth mariachi competition gives opportunity to highlight culture | The Sacramento Bee

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