nahuatl performers in 2011 Caborca 6 de abril parade

Traditional Nahuatl performers at a 6 de abril parade in Caborca

April Fiestas in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico

You may have noticed that Caborca is often referred to as “Heroica” Caborca. The designation of being a heroic city was bestowed on Caborca in 1948 by the Mexican federal government, in recognition of an event in April of 1857, when the citizens defended the pueblo from an armed incursion by American “filibusterers,” led by a former California state senator named Henry Crabb.

The residents of Caborca defended the city for eight days, until Crabb and his men surrendered to the Mexican military and were executed.

In order to commemorate the event, every year the city has fiestas that culminate on the 6th of April, the day of the surrender. Some years the parade and other 6th of April activities are held on another day, if that date falls on or near Easter Sunday.

In addition to a large parade, the city of Caborca celebrates with a variety of activities that feature the arts, music and events like an international rodeo.

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