Tejano fans protest 'Go Tejano Day'

ByAngela Chen via KTRK logo
Monday, March 16, 2015
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While protestors showed their displeasure outside NRG, thousands gathered for Go Tejano Day festivities

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.

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