The downtown Cinco de Mayo is scheduled for May 3 in the 800 block of Commercial Street.
This family celebration is sponsored by Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow, Emporia Main Street, and Emporia Arts Center. Festival features entertainment by Trio Aztlan from Kansas City which play from oldies to tropical and some Latin flavor music along with Raices Hispanas Folklorico Dancers, Arriba Pichataro Dancers, Stomp Dancers and a variety of singers, including Charro singer Jaime Izaguirre, Daniela Zuniga, Vanessa Coria and Erick Sanchez.
Contests include a Jalapeno eating contest, Cake Walk, Simon Dice (”Simon Says”) and more. The Emporia Art Center Mobile will be open and children can enjoy face painting and a Bouncy House.
There will be food and merchandise vendors. The holiday Cinco de Mayo, The Fifth of May, commemorates the victory of a Mexican militia over the French Army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is celebrated in Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with significant Mexican populations.
It is not as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16. The Fiesta is a rain or shine event, and the public is encouraged to bring chairs.
Now is time to make plans and be a part of it. For vendor or food booth opportunities, contact Sally Sanchez 620-366-1094 or Isidro Gonzalez 620-344-3300. For more information, contact David Delgado at 620-757-3778.