Friday, February 23, 2024
  Community, Around Campus, Events and Exhibits

By News and Internal Communications

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 23, 2024 – UTRGV again will join the annual Charro Days festivities with its Charreada celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Brownsville.

Since 2016, Charreada has celebrated the vibrant culture of the university and the city in the event, sponsored by UTRGV Student Activities. This year, Charreada will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Union Lawn on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus.

“Charro Days is a great opportunity for UTRGV students to come together to commemorate the rich history and culture of Brownsville,” said Sergio Martinez, associate director of the UTRGV Student Union. “Viva Charro Days and viva UTRGV!”

Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional Mexican attire and come out to enjoy live music, food booths, contests and games.

UTRGV student organizations will be serving up aguas frescas, tostadas, fruit cups and other tasty treats as part of their fundraisers. 

A special program starts at 11 a.m. and will include the following:

  • Ballet Folklórico Tizatlán de UTRGV and Brownsville Early College High School Dancing Stars.
  • Music by La Lexxion and Mariachi 7 Leguas.
  • Huapango and Elote Eating Contest. (Registration on site)
  • Art exhibition featuring items from the Brownsville Historical Association, Museum of South Texas History, UTRGV School of Art and Design and Sculpture Club.
  • Presentation of Dancing Horses, by Vaqueros y Charros Unidos.

Charro Days, which originated in 1937, pays homage to the Mexican heritage of the region and serves as unifying force for communities on both sides of the Rio Grande. This year, Charro Days runs from Feb. 29-March 2 and includes several parades, balls and a carnival.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.