The deep-rooted customs and traditions of Mexican culture were celebrated on Sunday during the Day in Old Mexico and Charreada.

Held at the historic Charro Ranch on the city’s Southside, the family-friendly Fiesta event drew hundreds who came to immerse themselves in the various offerings that included food and drink like snow cones, churros and aguas frescas.

El Rey Feo LXVIII Darren Casey was honored during the ceremonials and joined in on the fun. Rain threatened to shorten the festivities, but despite the weather hundreds showed up to participate.

I just care about the tradition and showing people we are able to continue on something that is so true to Mexico,” said bull rider Daniel Arguelles. 

Mariachi and ballet folklórico performances punctuated the afternoon, two of the most beloved artistic traditions in San Antonio, while children took pony rides nearby. But the real excitement came during the charreada, an equestrian competition that dates back to the 19th century.

(Read more: Charreada: Celebrating Mexican Traditions at the Rodeo)

The Asociacion de Charros de San Antonio has put on the charreada in San Antonio for more than 60 years, and Sunday’s attendees cheered and watched in awe as the charros, or horsemen, showed off their roping, bull riding, and horse reining skills in the dirt arena.

A Day in Old Mexico is an excellent option for those looking to deviate from the more typical Fiesta celebrations while also experiencing a more immersive cultural experience. King Antonio XCIV will be honored on April 24, during the second round of the event. Until then, enjoy a full package of visuals from our talented photo/video team Scott Ball (photos below) and Kathryn Boyd-Batstone (video above).

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Camille Garcia

Camille Garcia is a journalist born and raised in San Antonio. She formerly worked at the San Antonio Report as assistant editor and reporter. Her email is