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Saturday’s Caravana Patria in New Braunfels Honors Mexican Independence Day

New Braunfels DJ Jaime Ovalle organized Caravana Patria through New Braunfels Saturday.

It’s showing up on Facebook posts as the Tejano Train, but Saturday’s 50-car convoy through New Braunfels was actually a Caravana Patria celebrating Mexican Independence Day.

Organizer Jaime Ovalle, better known as Ovalle DjMusic on Facebook, said he thought maybe 10 people would show up after he posted the idea for a Hispanic parade on social media to honor Independence Day on Sept. 16.

Clients from the music industry eagerly responded, and they showed up in the Kohl’s parking lot at I-35 and SH-46, trucks and cars waving both American and Mexican flags in accordance with Ovalle’s strict rules, which also included obeying all traffic laws.

Unlike the New Braunfels Trump Train, Ovalle said his caravana isn’t political.

He decided to organize the event after noticing there is nothing in the New Braunfels area specifically celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture.

The response to yesterday’s event was positive he said — some people cried and waved as the caravan wound its way around Main Plaza in downtown New Braunfels.

Ovalle, who’s lived in New Braunfels for 20 years and performs as a DJ at quinanceras, weddings and with an independent San Antonio radio station, said he’s working on another event in November celebrating Revolution Day, which is a public holiday in Mexico.

Anyone interested in organizing or participating in that event can contact him through Facebook Messenger.


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