A charro performs a trick with his lasso during the 2015 Battle of Flowers Parade in downtown San Antonio. Photo by Scott Ball.
A charro performs a trick with his lasso during the 2015 Battle of Flowers Parade in downtown San Antonio. Photo by Scott Ball.

Update:  The 68th Charreada set for today (June 14th) has been cancelled due to rain. 

On Sunday the 68th anniversary of the traditional Charreada performance will happen at the Asociacion de Charros San Antonio on the city’s Southside. The event begins at 3 p.m., but give yourself some time to find parking, a beer, and your seat. A good hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Bug spray, too. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 6-12 year-olds.

Charros perform at a Day in Old Mexico and Charreada. Photo by Scott Ball.
Charros perform at a Day in Old Mexico and Charreada. Photo by Scott Ball.

If you’ve never been, a Charreada is a competitive rodeo that features skillful performances – usually involving a lasso – by both men and women on horses. Although it’s a commonly practiced event in Mexico, we are fortunate to have a consistent Charreada presence here in San Antonio. You might be aware of its existence because of the Day in Old Mexico event held during Fiesta each year. Of all the events hosted in our city, I personally love the Charreada for the beauty, precision, and rarity of the performance. See you Sunday. I’ll be the guy with the camera and a fat grin.

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Scott Ball

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.