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Children's parade, Charro Days fiesta, Brownsville, Texas, 1942.
Children in Mexican costumes walk in the Charro Day Parade in Brownsville, Texas, 1942

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Manuela Longoria performing "La Rancherita" 1939

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The Parade Marches On
New Orleans' Mardi Gras tradition goes back to celebrations by masked student revelers around 1827. Many parades, including Mardi Gras, feature "floats," which are moving cars or large displays decorated with fresh flowers or crepe paper by local groups and schools. Musical groups march and play their instruments, and military troops also often participate. In the Charro Day Parade ("Charro" is a Mexican cowboy in a special costume), a fiesta parade in Brownsville, Texas, children wear traditional Mexican costumes, march, and sing special songs. In this picture, you can see children wearing sombreros (wide hats) and you can listen to the song they sing, "La Rancherita," which means "a little girl on a ranch."
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CREDIT: Rothstein, Arthur, photographer. "Children's parade, Charro Days fiesta, Brownsville, Texas." 1942 Feb. America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Longoria, Manuela "La rancherita." 4/24/1939. Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip, Library of Congress.