Viva! Cinco de Mayo Festivities
By EGP News Report
Today, Cinco de Mayo/May 5
Noon-8pm—Olvera Street-El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument presents live entertainment, including regional bands and traditional folklorico dancers. Shop the vendors and enjoy great Mexican food at restaurants along the marketplace corridor. Olvera Street is located at 125 Paseo del la Plaza, across from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Take any Metro line to Union Station and avoid the parking hassle. For more information, call (213) 485-8372 or go online to elpueblo.lacity.org.
4-7pm—LA Plaza de Artes y Culturas will ring in its first Cinco de Mayo with music, crafts, and free admission to exhibitions LA Starts Here! and Calle Principal. While mariachis roam LA Plaza’s campus, KPFK DJ Betto Arcos (“Global Village”) will spin a variety of French and Mexican tunes, including music dating back to the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In the garden, local artist collective LA ArtLab will lead all-ages Cinco de Mayo-themed art workshops, while the Border Grill truck serves up delectible modern Mexican fare (for purchase). LA Plaza is located at 501 N. Main St., downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to Olvera Street. Take any Metro line to Union Station, LA Plaza is just a short walk from there. For more information, call (888) 488-8033 or go online to lapca.org.
3:30pm—Teens: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library Enjoy refreshments and art activities, including making small piñatas. The library is located at 803 Spence St., LA 90023. For more information, call (323) 268-4710.
Friday, May 6
3-8pm—20th Annual Mariachi Festival at Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station (1st & Bailey) Conducted in partnership with the Boyle Heights Farmers’ Market, the festival will include performances by headliners such as Jose Hernandez Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles families can bring their children to do some shopping for fresh produce or participate in the family activities. Event attendees are encouraged to ride the Metro Gold Line and exit at Mariachi Plaza Station.
Saturday, May 7
11am-10pm—Cypress Park Annual ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Parade & Carnival “The Heroic Battle of Puebla.” Parade kicks off at 11 am at Cypress Avenue & Pepper Avenue. Actress Rose Portillo will serve as Grand Marshall. Carnival & Classic Car Show follows at El Rio de Los Angeles State Park: 1900 San Fernando Rd, LA. For more information contact: Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council’s Eller Belen at (323) 227-1133.
Sunday, May 8
10am-9pm—El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument/Olvera Street will presents re-enactments of the Battle of Puebla throughout the day. The event will also include live mariachi music, folklorico dancers, artisans and a variety of food booths and of course, the Olvera Street marketplace with more than 70 merchants selling Mexican-themed wares and restaurants. You can also tour the sites historic museums, such as the Sepulveda House, built in 1887, and the Avila Adobe, the city’s oldest building, erected in 1818. El Pueblo is located at 125 Paseo del la Plaza, across from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Take any Metro line to Union Station and avoid the parking hassle. For more information, call (213) 485-8372 or go online to elpueblo.lacity.org.
May 5, 2011 Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.