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Marcha de Zacatecas
English: March of Zacatecas
Marcha Arechiga.jpg

Regional anthem of Zacatecas
Also known asHimno Regional de Zacatecas (English: Regional Anthem of Zacatecas)
LyricsGenaro Codina, 1892
MusicFernando Villalpando, 1892
Audio sample
"Marcha de Zacatecas" (instrumental)

The "Marcha de Zacatecas" (English: "March of Zacatecas") is a Mexican patriotic song that serves as the regional anthem of the Mexican state of Zacatecas.


Genaro Codina, the lyrics' author

In 1891, in a family gathering at the home of Fernando Villalpando, there was a bet between Villapando and Genaro Codina, which consisted of writing a military march. The winner would dedicate the song to the then Governor of the State of Zacatecas, General Jesús Aréchiga.

That same year, both the Codina and the Villalpando compositions were submitted to a jury composed of friends and relatives, who gave the victory to the song of Genaro Codina. The original title was "Marcha Aréchiga", to be dedicated to the governor Arechiga, but he suggested that the name was changed to March of Zacatecas.

The song was premiered in the Hidalgo garden, in the city of Zacatecas, for a serenade of the Municipal Band, directed by Fernando Villalpando, which has the merit of the music; that is where the song earned the title of "Himno Regional de Zacatecas" (English: Regional Anthem of Zacatecas).[1]

Via "Zacatecas March" Codina influenced many other composers, including allegations of influence on "Washington and Lee Swing" (q.v.).


Complete version:.[2]


Prestos estad a combatir
Oid llamad, suena el clarín
Las armas pronto preparad
Y la victoria disputad.


Be ready to fight
Hear the call, the bugle sounds
Prepare the weapons quickly
And strive for victory.

Prestos estad, suena el clarín
Anuncia la próxima lid
Vibrando está su clamor
Marchemos con gran valor.

Be ready, the bugle sounds
It announces the next fight
Vibrating is its clamor
March with great bravery.

Estrofa I:

Sí, a la lidia marchemos
Que es hora ya de combatir con gran valor
Con fiero ardor hasta morir
Hasta morir o hasta vencer.

Stanza I:

Yes, let us march to the fight
As it is now time to fight with great courage
With all our might until the death
To death or to victory.

Estrofa II y V:

Como huracán que en su furor
Las olas rompen en el mar
Con rudo empuje y con valor
Sobre las huestes avanzad.

Stanza II and V:

As a hurricane in its fury
The waves breaking on the sea
With hard drive and with value
Move forward on the enemy.

Estrofa III y VI:

No os detengáis, no hay temor
Pronto el ataque apresurad
Guerra sin tregua al invasor
Viva la Patria y la libertad
Viva la libertad, viva
Viva la libertad, viva
Que viva sí, viva.

Stanza III and VI:

Don't stop, no fear
Soon hurry the attack
War without truce against invading
Long live the Fatherland and Freedom.
Long live freedom, long live
Long live freedom, long live
Long live yes, long live

Estrofa IV:

Oh, Patria mía
Tu hermoso pabellón
Siempre sabremos
Llevarlo con honor.

Stanza IV:

Oh my Fatherland
Your beautiful flag
We always will
Carry it with honor.


  1. ^ Red Escolar. "Genaro Codina" (in Spanish). Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  2. ^ Visita Zacatecas. "Marcha de Zacatecas" (in Spanish). Retrieved October 19, 2010.