In the countryside of Jalisco, the way of the cowboy remains a lifestyle for a distinct few still practicing the 16th-century art of charrería. Apart from the daily clippety-clop of horse hooves on the cobblestone streets, the cowboys are a fixture of the many holiday parades around the small towns on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico. Usually led (and perhaps also followed) by a 12-plus member band, the local association of charros adds a boisterous element to the fiestas.

September 14 is the Day of the Cowboy and two days later the country celebrates Independence Day, so September is a great time of the year to get a double-dose of the cowboys on their horses, dressed in their finest.

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A young man during the Independence Day parade in Ajijic.

Escaramuza Charra during the September 11 Day of the Cowboy in Ajijic, Jalisco, MexicoCowboys on their horses drink and talk before the day's events at the bullring start.Kids watch the games and events going on during the Day of the Cowboy in Ajijic, Mexico.A vaquero rides his horse during the 2016 parade for the Día de la Independencia in Ajijic.

A little girl looks up as butterfly passes overhead during the Independence Day parade on September 16, 2016, in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

A little girl is cradled tightly in her fathers arms as they ride on a horse during the Independence Day parade in Ajijic.

A young escaramuza charra rides on a horse with her mom during the 2016 parade for the Día de la Independencia in the town of Ajijic, Jalisco.

A cowgirl during the 2016 Independence Day parade in Ajijic, Mexico.A little cowboy watches the events unfold in the town bullring.Then they charge ahead at full speed. Whoever ends up hanging on to the "pollo" wins the round.Events at the bullring during the Día del Charro include the game of "chicken." Two cowboys on horses start off standing still, both clutching a baton dressed up as a chicken.A cowboy practices his roping skills in the bullring.

A cowboy plays a game of darts on horseback during the Day of the Cowboy.

Queen of the Association of Charros Ajijic 2016The queen of the 2016 Association of Charros Ajijic, Gaby Gucho, during the Día de la Independencia parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.