Tejano fans protest 'Go Tejano Day'

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Go Tejano Day is one of the biggest days at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo but it didn't stop protestors from rallying outside of NRG Park.

Tejano supporters protested Sunday afternoon saying officials here have chosen musical acts in the Norteno and Banda genre and have not stayed true to Tejano music and culture.

These protestors also say Rodeo officials have ignored the contributions of past Tejano bands that have made "Go Tejano" day as big as it is. This has been a source of frustration for fans for many years now.

The Rodeo did issue a statement this weekend, saying the Rodeo respects the freedom of speech and freedom of expression which have made this country great.

They did also say "Go Tejano" has never been specific to one genre of music. It's a play on their popular "Go Texan" slogan which was created in the 1950s.

The RodeoHouston performance Sunday featuring La Arrolladora Banda El Limn and La Maquinaria Nortea broke the all-time paid Rodeo attendance record with 75,357 fans. The previous record was set with 75,305 for the March 10, 2012, Go Tejano Day performance featuring Julian Alvarez and Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon.

According to the Houston Rodeo, currently, five Go Tejano Day performances hold spots in the Show's top 20 paid Rodeo attendance records.

    1 March 15, 2015 La Arrolladora Banda El Limn and La Maquinaria Nortea 75,357
    2 March 10, 2013 Julian Alvarez and Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon 75,305
    5 March 16, 2014 Banda MS and Pesado 75,224
    18 March 11, 2012 La Original Banda El Limn and Duelo 74,588
    20 March 14, 2010 Pesado and El Trono De Mexico 74,222

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo continues daily through Sunday, March 22.

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