By Astrid Téllez
The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is so much more than just a concert! My first time attending the event was in 2011, and I’ve attended almost every year since.
I had joined McAllen High School’s Mariachi Oro just one week prior to going to San Antonio for the 17th annual Extravaganza. I hardly knew anyone at the time, but I had the opportunity to make friends right away with people from everywhere who were involved in mariachi music. There were musicians from Rio Grande City, Roma, San Antonio, Las Vegas and many parts of the U.S. Having come from Mexico, it was a whole new experience for me. I was surprised to see so many people who really loved mariachi music.