Several hundred turned out to downtown Bryan Saturday, for Fiestas Patrias.
The celebration of Mexican culture was an all-day event, and the crowd was treated to shows by local dancers and bands.
Organizers say the festival has a duel focus: present area high school seniors with college scholarships, and commemorate Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16th.
Its a reason at least one parent brought his children.
"So they can know about our heritage and what happens on the 16th of september," said Mando Vazquez. If they don't get to know it and don't learn about their heritage then yeah, they will obviously forget aobut it."
Food and crafts were also a big part of Fiestas Patrias. This is the 16th year its been held in downtown Bryan.