Mariachi Parade on September 2, 2012 in Guadalajara, Mexico Photo: Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/ RML (GDA via AP Images)

Mariachi Parade on September 2, 2012 in Guadalajara, Mexico Photo: Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/ RML (GDA via AP Images)

[PHOTOS] UNESCO officially recognizes Mariachi music

During the traditional 19th annual International Mariachi Meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 2, UNESCO officially awarded Mexican mariachi music as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

UNESCO, declared Mariachi as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity last year, but presented an official scroll of the recognition during the meeting.

According to EFE, eight child musicians, between 5 and 10 years old and dressed in mariachi attire, accepted the honor at a brief ceremony Sunday, in the main square of Guadalajara.

“We simply ask you to conserve and preserve this legacy and its traditions,” the president of  the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, Consuelo Saizar, told the children, reported EFE.

The guidelines have been established for creating a national committee of experts and government officials who will ensure the protection of the cultural music and its circulation around the world — starting with a library with an audio collection of recordings starting from the year 1910, and a Mariachi Academy, which will give courses on mariachi.

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