A Charro Days Fiesta Exhibit Celebrating 70 years of Browsnsville Tradition.

Performances by Revival of Cultural Arts (R.O.C.A) mariachi and youth ballet folklorico group Carlottitas heralded “Charro Days Fiesta,” an exhibition showcasing the 24 Charro Days Fiesta posters of artist Don Breeden.

The exhibition, done in partnership with the Brownsville Historical Association and Charro Days Fiesta Inc., explores the changing designs and themes Breeden has employed over his 24-year tenure designing the event’s official poster. Each year this poster is unveiled to represent the spirit of the annual celebration this month of the cultural and historical bond between two nations here on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“As you look around, Mr. Don Breeden has done an excellent job. Charro Days has been around for 86 years and Mr. Don Breedon has done the poster for 24 years,” Henry LeVrier, President of Charro Days Inc., said in a speech for the opening reception.

Charro Days Fiesta poster artist Don Breeden is pictured Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, for the opening of his exhibition “Charro Days Fiesta” highlighting 24 years of poster design at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

From depictions of La Adelita to children in regional Mexican dress, each of Breeden’s posters represents over two decades of Charro Days Fiestas. The artist says that each has a unique story, whether through its inspiration or creation.

“After 24 posters, you sort of wonder what to do next, but I’ve been very blessed to do all of these. Every one of these has a story to it,” Breeden said in his speech.

Revival of Cultural Arts (R.O.C.A) youth ballet folklorico group Carlottitas perform Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, during the opening reception for “Charro Days Fiesta” highlighting the work of poster artist Don Breeden at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)