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'Las Marthas' Doc: A debutante ball in a Mexican-American border town

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A Debutante Emerges.

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Laura Garza Hovel's debut.

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Rosario Reyes (debutante).

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Laura Garza Hovel's family portrait.

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In Laredo, Texas, the community gets together each year for a lavish celebration that may seem out of place in the mostly Mexican-American border town: It's a debutante ball on the occasion of George Washington's birthday.

Festivities take up the entire month of February and end with an elaborate parade and Colonial ball. Debutants are presented in ornate hoop skirt dresses, the men rock powdered wigs and tights. Judges, congressmen, the media attend.

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We talk to producer Erin Ploss-Campoamor and director Cristina Ibarra.

Check out the live event Weds. Jan. 15 at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum 
 


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