Mayor Nelda Martinez leaps into the bay as part of dunking the mayor to kick off Buc Days.
Live music, a tailgate party, rodeo, carnival and a parade for the family will be the highlights of the annual Buc Days festival, which runs through May 1. Buc Days, held on the Corpus Christi bayfront, began in 1938 and is the longest running event in the city, with over 45,000 people attending each year.
The rodeo includes features the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls competing against one another for the title.
The Buc Days Rodeo has become one of the top 50 rodeos in the world, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which holds more than 700 such events each year. With total prize money reaching $200,000 the rodeo attracts the top contestants from across the globe.
The music festival includes several genres such as country, Latin and top 40. Some of the bigger performers include The John Cortez Band, Somethin Silky, Another Level and Latin Talk. Tickets for the event will be $5.
The annual carnival will include rides for all ages, a petting zoo and live music. It will start at 5 p.m. April 21. Admission will be $2 at the gate.
The Illuminated Night Parade will begin at 8 p.m. April 30. The parade includes decorative floats from all over South Texas with lights, music and entertainment.
For more information, visit www.bucdays.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Buc Days
When: Through May 1
Where: Corpus Christi bayfront
Details: Buc Days Rodeo – April 23-26
Buc Days Tailgate Party – April 23-25
Buc Days Festival & Carnival – April 23-May 3
Buc Days Junior Parade – April 25
Buc Days Illuminated Night Parade – April 30