Portland Cinco de Mayo | Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara
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Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara

Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara

The entertainment is going to be happening all weekend long as the internationally-acclaimed returns to Portland to share their talents and love of traditional mariachi music! The world-famous Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara are giving SEVEN! special performances in three days on the Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Main Stage. Mariachi music originated in center-West Mexico between the 18th and 19th century in the state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located. For over three decades, 10 of the best Mariachi musicians in the world fly in from the historic Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico to perform live in Portland.

A Mariachi group is a musical expression that dates back to at least the 18th century in Western Mexico. It is a tradition that can be defined by having anywhere between five to 10 musical members that all play mariachi instrumentation and texture, musical genres and subgenres, performance methods and styles, singing styles and dance styles. Each element has its own history, originated at varying moments in time and in different regions of the Western Mexican countryside, and some, if not all, had to converge in order for the mariachi tradition to become what it is.

The Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara was founded in 1984 and is made up of nine members who are all part of the local government in Guadalajara. They travel all around the world performing over 100 shows each year.

“The hospitality, getting to participate with the public is very important, to be able to have involvement, the joy and enthusiasm that all the Hispanics and American get to share in every year. The pride in getting to take part in a tradition that showcases our culture to other spectators, getting to be an important part of that celebration. And the deep friendships that have developed over 23 years of going to the event,” said Antonio Ortiz Venegas who is the Director of the Mariachi group when asked what they like the most about coming to the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Portland. Antonio has worked in the city government for 23 years and was a member of the Mariachi los Toritos group for 15 years.

They have traveled nationally and internationally alongside the Ballet Folklorico Mexico en la Piel. Personally Antonio has done over 100 shows with the instrumental Mariachi group and 200 or more shows with his own personal group. Check out our Entertainment Schedule for updates on when the Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara is performing during the weekend of the Fiesta!

Admission is $10 for adults and kids 13 and over; $7 for kids 6-12, and $7 for seniors over 62. Kids 6 and under enter free! The Fiesta will be open from 11:00am to 11:00pm on Friday May 4, Saturday May 5, and Sunday May 6.

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