UHD's Mariachi Los Caimanes Keeps Rolling During Dia de los Muertos Parade Nov. 6
By Mike Emery
Two years ago, one of the city's first college mariachi bands took the community by storm.
And the band has certainly weathered some storms, including a pandemic, a historic freeze, tropical disturbances and even a hurricane. Still, the music of the University of Houston-Downtown's Mariachi Los Caimanes plays on.
This weekend, the band will greet audiences as part of Houston's inaugural Dia de los Muertos Festival & Parade. The group will be on a float sponsored by Grupo Teatro Indigo (with whom they collaborated on a performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre).
The parade will begin at 7 p.m. at the corner of Bagby Street and Allen Parkway. The procession will extend around City Hall and through areas of downtown. ABC13 will live stream the event, and anchor Mayra Moreno will host this first city parade dedicated to Dia de los Muertos. A daylong festival in Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby St.) will precede the parade and start at 2 p.m.
Houstonians are familiar with UHD's Mariachi Los Caimanes through its appearances on television and at public events such as the recent Calavera con Calavera performance (with Grupo Teatro Indigo) at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Last year, the group also performed at H-Town Votes Live, and one of its founding members Jimmy Arredondo was a national finalist in the 2020 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition.
Coincidentally, the group's public debut was during a lunchtime concert on campus during Dia de los Muertos.
Students from all majors comprise Mariachi Los Caimanes, and they are led by veteran Houston musician and UHD Assistant Director of Student Activities Jose Vazquez.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.