High School Mariachi Band Chosen To Perform On Inauguration Day
Las Vegas High School's Mariachi Joya will perform for the nation on Inauguration Day 2021
"We never knew this day would come," says Jessica Halili, president of Las Vegas High School's Mariachi Joya.
Her group will be representing their home state of Nevada on the national stage as part of the Inauguration Day "Parade Across America," a virtual parade featuring performances from across the country.
"The parade will celebrate America's heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era," according to a press release by the inaugural committee.
This group of young mariachis from the Southwest proudly represents our nation's Mexican and Latin American heritage - and its future, as the country's ever-growing population of Latinos continues to drive the economy and take on leadership roles.
In Biden's cabinet alone, Latinos will hold more significant roles than in any other presidency, with Xavier Becerra, son of Mexican immigrants, leading the Department of Health and Human Services, Puerto Rican Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education, and Cuban refugee Alejando Mayorkas heading Homeland Security.
In a nod to the state and region's Mexican roots, Mariachi Joya actually performed for Joe Biden in January of last year, welcoming the then-presidential-candidate to Nevada.
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The group published a photo with Biden to their Instagram, captioning it, "It was an honor, Mr. Vice President...this was a day for the books."
In just a 48 hours, Mariachi Joya will have an even bigger "day for the books," and a new photo, or, hopefully, video to caption.
"It was an honor, Mr. President."
President-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris will take their Oaths of Office in a televised ceremony at 12pm on January the 20th. The "Parade Across America" will begin at approximately 3pm, followed by a primetime program "Celebrating America." Most major networks will broadcast and stream the events online and social media. You can also watch on the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter or Twitch.