May 5, 2015


Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano will host the 11th annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival this Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the scenic Central Courtyard. The event, the most popular mariachi festival on the west coast, is presented thanks to the generous support of the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation.

There will be live musical entertainment and great food as Mariachi performers compete for cash prizes before a panel of judges. And there also will be the ringing of the historic bells, folkloric performances by Ballet Folklorico of San Juan Capistrano, bilingual marionette shows and an exhibition performance by Capistrano Community Mariachi Program.

Mission San Juan Capistrano executive director Mechelle Lawrence Adams and special guest emcee Desiree Udria-Garcia will give the official welcome and introduction at the Central Courtyard Stage beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the performance of the National Anthem by Klarissa Pacheco, a student at Orange County School of the Arts.

Mariachi performances, which include competition in both the "youth" and "open" categories, will begin at 11:15 a.m.

Besides crowning the mariachi winners, there will be another award presented: The Erma Jean Tracy "Shining Star" award, which has been introduced in honor of Erma Jean's continued friendship and support of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Erma Jean, a judge at the 2007 Battle of the Mariachis and currently serving as a Mission Preservation Foundation Board Member, remains actively involved in supporting the Mission.

This event is sold out.









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