The Ladies Page

COUNTRY ECHOES


| May/June 1968



BRANDON WISCONSIN R.R-2 ZIP-539I9

Country Echoes are floating to you from way down in Brownsville, Texas this time. Friend Husband and myself are set up in a housekeeping unit of the Parker Motel here. Charro Days are in full swing but somehow or another we are not down taking in all the excitement. There will be a big parade tonight and another tomorrow which I expect we will want to take in.

The preliminary events start about February fifteenth. The school children stage pageants, there are chicken barbecues, Mexican dinners, Mexican dances and even street dances. A Pop Concert is given by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra as a preliminary event. And the Camille Players presented a melodrama 'Egad, What a Cad.'

Being a naturally inquistive person I had to find out the meaning of the word CHARRO. The lady in the motel office assured me that a charro is a fancy Spanish dancer. I am led to believe that it must be a male. The Brownsville Herald had an interesting picture in it yesterday which caused me to draw this conclusion.

It is a picture of three gaily dressed children, two girls, and one boy. The caption underneath the picture starts out 1 quote 'Pretty charras and a charro dance for the hundreds of winter visitors, etc' unquote. So I could only concur from this that the little lady dancers were charras, and the boy a charro. But I must tell you about the parade the school children put on yesterday. We saw only the last of it as we had just arrived after between sixteen and seventeen hundred miles on the road.

There was one little sweet-faced boy child showing from under a huge Mexican hat whom I won't soon forget. He was riding on a school float all decorated with bright artificial flowers. Here he sat, cross-legged, balancing this yellow straw hat with a crown almost as tall as he himself was. If it hadn't been for his ears I don't think he could have managed to wear it. I wonder how long it will take them to pull back into shape.