Our Opinion Mariachi's sweet strains
April 22, 2005
As the 23rd annual Tucson International Mariachi Conference hits its climax tomorrow, we all would do well to recognize the broad benefits to our community of this traditional form of music:
Thus we're delighted to learn that the conference this year is reaping 25 percent to 35 percent more revenue than it did in the past two years, according to conference board President Frank Valenzuela.
Desperately needed sponsors emerged. That, coupled with projected attendance of 40,000 people for all the events, bodes well for the conference.
And success for the conference sustains La Frontera, the South Side center providing mental-health care and other rehabilitative services to the poor and homeless.
One business sponsorship of the Mariachi Conference brought about $100,000 to the center in 2000, but support of the conference waned in subsequent years.
Now one of Tucson's favorite fiestas is back on its feet, despite its unfortunate need this year to move the gala Food City Fiesta de Garibaldi Saturday night out of downtown and to Reid Park and charge a $5 fee for adult admission.
Here's hoping community support continues for this cultural and educational phenomenon in Tucson