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Rain fails to dampen mariachi merriment

Despite the rain and recent violence in Monterrey, spirits were high for the colorful and lively opening parade of Guadalajara's International Mariachi Festival.

Mariachi: A hillbilly sound that echoes the soul of Mexico

Rising from humble roots in the highlands of west central Mexico, mariachi music has evolved over five centuries to become the emblematic sound that articulates the very soul of the nation. Historians say the country's signature musical ensemble derived from the Colonial era Spanish theatrical orchestra, evolving most prominently in the area of Cocula, Jalisco, which self-proclaims itself as the "Cradle of Mariachi." The genre first emerged from sonorous expressions of spirituality, a fusion of primitive instrumental accompaniment to rituals practiced by the region's indigenous people and European sacred music introduced in the 16th century by Franciscan missionaries.

Mariachi Sunday in city center

The lively International Mariachi Festival parade featuring bands from different Mexican states and other nations rolls along Avenida 16 de Septiembre/Alcalde in downtown Guadalajara on Sunday, August 28, starting at 9:30 a.m.  It’s a great spectacle but get there early for a good view.