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A wannabe cowgirl heads to the Autlan Carnival in Mexico

The Autlan Carnival is considered to be one of the most important in Mexico because it has bullfighting.

A wannabe cowgirl heads to the Autlan Carnival in Mexico

AUTLAN, Mexico – Mexican carnivals are a riot of color and noise.

Cowboys and cowgirls – some real, many just wannabes – dance in the street to banda or mariachi music played by a multitude of musicians, while others cram into the plaza to watch bull riding and, in a few cities around the country, bullfighting.

Autlan, a city in the western state of Jalisco, is one of those cities to have la corrida de toros.

The 10-day Carnaval Taurino de Autlan de la Grana is considered to be one of the most important in Mexico and attracts some of the best cowboys and matadors from across the country and the world.

Your correspondent bought a cowgirl hat and spent the weekend in Autlan. Here are some photos of the experience.