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Mariachi group giving a grito to Victoria Friday

By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 13, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.


IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Mariachi Concert

• WHEN: 7-11 p.m. Friday

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center Dome, 2905 E. North St.

• COST: $25 per person, $300 per table of six

• CONTACT: 361-571-9561, 361-578-9686 for tickets and sponsorship information.

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday.

And it's not because I've always had someone to spend it with - quite the contrary.

This will be my first Valentine's Day to spend with a significant other for the first time in ages.

For the last five years, I've managed to make the couple-centric holiday fun by going to the movies on my own, making breakfast for dinner and treating my roommate with a red rose tied in black satin.

You know, Phantom of the Opera-style - keeping it classy with a dash of flair.

However, my adorable boyfriend, Andre, has other plans.

So this is year, it's up to you single people out there to make my unrequited Valentine's Day dreams come true.

And luckily for you, this Friday mariachi music is on tap.

Mariachi professionals from San Antonio will be blowing their trumpets and letting out some gritos at the Victoria Community Center Dome on Friday night.

Campanas de America from San Antonio and Serpientes de Oro de Victoria, the collaborative group made of Victoria East and Victoria West high school students, will bring their talents to shine in our hometown dome.

"We are pleased to have the Campanas play here," event organizer Emett Alvarez said. "They are a premiere mariachi group that has performed at the White House."

VIP tables start at $300, if you want to divide a table with six complimentary drinks alongside five friends for $50 a pop.

Individual tickets are $25 for general seating.

Alvarez said guests are welcome to bring their liquor and snacks of choice but that there will be a cash-only drink concession stand to visit between serenatas.

When I first envisioned this proposed solo-Valentine's Day/weekend mission, I thought "how sad, I would just end up crying the whole time."

But I love mariachi music so much, and I don't think going alone would matter as long as there are other people with my same, deeply-harbored affection for old Spanish love songs.

Oh and men in hats, I love men in hats.

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