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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2001 12:00 am

By Criselda Valdez

The Brownsville Herald

Mariachi Continental spent most of Friday making nursing home residents smile

and helping them celebrate Charro Days.

The award-winning mariachis have performed at local nursing homes during

Charro Days for the last 10 years, said Carol Mark, Charro Days mariachi

chairman.

This is our way of bringing Charro Days to the residents who cant make it

out to the streets for parades or the carnival, Mark said.

The group performed for residents at Whispering Palms, Mother of Perpetual

Help and Good Samaritan nursing homes.

Residents at Good Samaritan enjoyed the occasion, said Ruth Hunter, resource

director there.

The crowd that gathered outside to hear the music also dined on hamburgers,

hotdogs, chips and watermelon.

Mariachi Continental is a social club that gives back to the community,

guitarist Hector Guerra said. We bring the music to people in need of some

entertainment.

The group performed for half an hour at Good Samaritan, with jresidents

singing, dancing and joining in even yelling gritos.

Hunter said one resident, Maria Gutierrez, dressed in a Charro Days outfit,

grabbed her hand as she passed by and wanted to be turned.

Gutierrez, who is wheelchair bound, danced in her seat, moved her feet and

clapped her hands during the performance.

Mark said other nursing home groups had really gotten into it. They were

dancing up a storm.

Guadalupe Martinez, who was recently made the Valentines Day Queen, said she

enjoyed the groups performance.

Fue muy bonito como tocaron (They played very nice.), she said.

She said she wants the mariachis to return next year and that she was

disappointed she could not wear her long Charro dress.

Another resident, Martin Cuellar, said that although he really doesnt have a

favorite Charro Days event, he liked the band.

I have enjoyed every minute of it, he said.

Raul Cano, an employee at Good Samaritan, said the event is important

culturally and socially.

It keeps the residents in contact with what is going on in the community. It

is important to them, Cano said.

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