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Annual El Cotton Picker Mariachi Festival

Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 19:26:52-04


Last year Robstown High School reportedly broke a Guinness world record in Mariachi during the annual El Cotton Picker Mariachi Festival.

Close to 800 musicians from across the state gathered at the festival and performed simultaneously.

Robstown High School Band and Mariachi Director Charles Cabrera, who wanted to bring recognition to the state of Texas and his Mariachi program, says their record was unofficial since they did not videotape all the student performers entering the gym.

The current record of 700 mariachis performing simultaneously was achieved during the 20th-annual Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sept. 5, 2013.

Cabrera and his students will try once again this weekend to make history. In order to break the record, everyone needed to be in their full mariachi outfit, sombreros included.

Just showing up is not all it will take to break the record; all participating musicians must be in full mariachi garb — trajes and sombreros.

The sombrero stipulation stumped a  group in Alice when they tried to break the record a few years ago, when they did not have enough sombreros.

Organizers are in the process of submitting the paperwork and getting the record verified.

El Cotton Picker Mariachi Festival 2019

April 13, 2019 Robstown High School 

9AM -6 PM

Guidelines and Rules:

1. All K-12 schools (private or public) or academies students can participate

2. University/college students and Professional mariachi musicians

3. Participants must play an instrument

4. Participants must be in full Mariachi attire including sombrero (can be borrowed or personal). We will have extra sombreros on hand.

5. Must register on day of the event

6. No age limit and partial or complete groups welcomed

7. Must have a wristband to enter world record attempt.

For more information conact:

Charles Cabrera, El Cotton Picker 2019 Mariachi Festival, Event Chairman Phone: 361-726-6709 (cell/text)

Juan Jose Sanchez, El Cotton Picker 2019 Mariachi Festival Event Coordinator jjs1954@granderiver.netPhone: (361) 562-8497(cell/text)