Celebrate Cinco de Mayo This Weekend

By EGP News Service

There will be no shortage of things to do for families in Los Angeles County this Cinco de Mayo weekend, from re-enactments of the famous battle in Puebla Mexico, to traditional Mexican dancing, music, arts and crafts, parades, classic car shows and of course, eating great food.

EGP has put together a guide to many of the celebrations around town. Be sure to take in one of more of the local events, especially those right in your own neighborhood.

Mariachi Music at Chet Holifield Library in Montebello
Today, Thursday, May 3, 5pm-6pm
Enjoy an evening of mariachi music in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The library is located at 1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, 90640. For more information, call (323) 728-0421.

Cinco de Mayo at the Boyle Heights Farmer’s Market
Friday, May 4, 3-8:30pm; Sunday, May 6, 3-8:30pm
Mariachi Plaza will be filled with authentic arts & crafts, food and entertainment this week, with performances by Grupo La Profecia, Grupo Hijos de Mago, Rigo from Japon, Don Julio El Santanero, Maricela La Reyna De La Cumbia, Jerry La Voz del Recuerdo, Bazurto y su Pachanga, Romantico de Jalisco, Danza Azteca. For more information, call Tonie Juarez at (951) 224-4164.

Cinco de Mayo at Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center
Friday, May 4, 4pm-8pm
There will be dancing, games, food, piñatas and much more at the Bell Gardens Cinco de Mayo Celebration taking place at the Neighborhood Youth Center: 5856 Ludell Street, Bell Gardens, 90201. Entrance is $2 a person. For more information call (562) 806-7667 or email rveloz@bellgardens.org.

Olvera Street – El Pueblo Historic Monument
Saturday, May 5, 10am-7pm; Sunday, May 6, 11am-5pm
Olvera Street will be a hub of free Cinco de Mayo festivities this weekend with mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas, and a line up of entertainment. Enjoy the great restaurants and vendors at the Mexican Marketplace. Olvera Street is located at 845 N. Alameda St., LA 90012.

LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes Festivities
Saturday, May 5, Noon-9pm; Sunday, May 6, 11am-6pm
Head over to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and learn the real story behind Cinco De Mayo, with a theatrical reenactment, special musical guests, folklorico dancers, special exhibits & workshops, speakers, entertainment, crafts and other special programming throughout the weekend. The museum is located at 501 N. Main St. LA 90012. Take Metro to Union Station and avoid the traffic and save on parking. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to http://www.lapca.org/.

Cypress Park’s Cinco de Mayo Parade, Festival, Classic Car Show
Saturday, May 5, 11am-10pm
Come see comedians and actors including actress Kiki Meléndez, comedian/impersonator Mario Ramirez, and film director Jackie Torres. Actor Richard Yñiguez will serve as the celebrity grand marshal of the Cypress Park Cinco de Mayo parade starting at 11am at Cypress and Pepper avenues. A festival and classic car show will take place at Rio de Los Angeles State Park: 1900 San Fernando Road and Future Street. Music, food, games and more. Admission is free. For more information, call Belen Eller at (323) 277-1133 or email hauntedcasa@aol.com.

Proyecto Jardin Cinco de Mayo Salsa Cook-Off, Community Work Day
Saturday, May 5, 10am-4pm
Start the day off by planting a salsa garden, then take in the best salsa creation contest at 1pm. Cook-off will be followed by a Zumba class with Julissa and Ivy at 3pm. Quesadillas will be served to those who donate. Proyecto Jardin is located at 1718 Bridge St, LA 90033, behind the White Memorial Medical Center between State and Boyle. For more information, call (323) 774-7824 or email irenetothemax@yahoo.com.

Free Cinco de Mayo 5K/10K Run in Montebello
Sunday, May 6, 6am-2pm
This free event to promote an active and healthy lifestyle will include a 5K and 10K race through Montebello streets, and a four-hour festival with music, games, and rides. The event is being supported by radio stations KSSE 107.1, KDLD 103.1 and KLYY 97.5. Entrance into race and festival is free. Minors must have parent or legal guardian consent to enter the race. For more information, visit http://www.elgato1031.com.

City of Commerce Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 6, 11:30am-6pm
Festivities will take place at Rosewood Park where you’ll find food, games, music, baby show, boxing show, garden show and more. The park is located at 5600 Harbor St., Commerce, 90040. For more information, call (323) 722-4805.

Monterey Park’s 30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Sunday, May 6th, 1pm-6pm
Festivities at the Barnes Park Amphitheater include folklorico dancers, mariachis and traditional Mexican music. Performances by Mariachi Jalisco, Ballet Folklorico Esperanza, ELAC Latin Jazz Ensemble, Mauricio Herrera, and Mariachi Juvenil Relámpago. The park is located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, 91754. For more information, call (626) 307-1388 or visit www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us

Santa Monica’s Cinco de Mayo Festival
Sunday, May 6, Noon-5pm
This year’s event at Virginia Avenue Park will feature a salsa tasting contest, Lotería, fashion contest, festival vendors and live entertainment from salsa band Bombachanté, the mariachi band Alta California de Carlos Villalobos, and folklórico dancers Herencia Mexicana. Performance artist Maria Elena Gaitan will serve as the master of ceremony and provide commentary on the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo. Parking is limited so please take alternative forms of transportation when possible. The park is located at is located at 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 458-8411.

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