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U.S. Postal Service Honors Mariachi With Series of Stamps

The first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held during the 30th Annual Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque.

Postal Service Honors Mariachi Music with Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate mariachi, the unique traditional music of Mexico that has become deeply rooted in the United States. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held during the 30th Annual Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque.

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Filled with passion, rhythm, and stories of life, love, and loss, mariachi music is an integral element of Mexican American culture that has found fans around the world.

Mariachi musicians are immediately recognizable in their traditional costume called traje de charro or charro suit: fitted trousers adorned with silver buttons for men and full-length skirts for women, a short jacket, an embroidered belt, a wide bow tie, and a wide-brimmed hat. The music they play is meant to get audiences up and moving. The most well-known dance is Jarabe Tapatio — the Mexican Hat Dance, the national folkloric dance of Mexico. In the United States, it is performed at festivals and public concerts, and in dance competitions.

Mariachi has reached a global audience through recordings, films, live concerts, and television programs. In recognition of the importance of mariachi music and culture, UNESCO added them to the list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 2011.

Peter Pastre, government relations, and public policy vice president will serve as dedicating official at the event for the Mariachi Forever stamps, which is free and open to the public. Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque is scheduled for Friday, July 15, 2022, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd Street NW, beginning at 11:30 am MDT. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/mariachi.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.

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