Every year in July Albuquerque hosts the Mariachi Spectacular -- a gathering of high school, college, and professional mariachi groups from Mexico and the southwestern United States.
Housed at the University of New Mexico, the groups share three intensive days of workshops, master classes, and performances, including a competition at Albuquerque's Civic Center Plaza.
The music is wonderful, but from a photographer's point of view the more interesting elements are visual.
Elaborately decorated outfits . . .
And equally elaborate and beautiful hair ribbons . . .
Instruments . . .
And sombreros . . . lots and lots of sombreros!
. . . practice . . .
. . . and prepare for their turn on the stage . . .
Standing tall and proud . . .
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