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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Music! Dancing! Food! Fun!

Friday, May 3

6:30 p.m.—Para Los Niños 17th Annual El Gran Baile de Cinco Fundraiser. Proceeds support educational and social services for children living on skid row and at-risk neighborhoods in LA County. Location: Gilmore Adobe, 6301 W. Third St. LA 90036. Tickets are $150 per adult; to purchase tickets visit www.paralosninos.org/cinco2013

Saturday, May 4

11am-5pm—City of Commerce Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Rosewood Park. Enjoy good food, live music & dance entertainment, game booths, raffle prizes, and more! Rosewood Park is located at 5600 Harbor Blvd. For more information, call (323) 722-4805.

11am—Annual El Cinco de Mayo Parade & Celebration in Cypress Park. Parade starts at Cypress Park Recreation Center, travels west on Cypress Park Avenue, turns left on Future Street and ends at Rio de Los Angeles State Park: 1900 N San Fernando Rd. Entrainment, vendors, and a resource fair beginning at 1pm. Sponsored by the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council. Call Alexia Teran at (323) 223-6840 for more information.

Sunday, May 5

1-6pm—31st Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration In Monterey Park.The Free event features a wide variety of entertainers, including Folklorico Dancers, Mariachis, and other traditional Mexican music. There’s also going to be a raffle drawing with prizes ranging from free car washes to piñatas to free dinners at local restaurants. A second drawing will be made for the popular money hat. Location: Barnes Park Amphitheater, 350 S. McPherrin Ave. For more information, go to http://www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us/index.aspx?page=813

12 Noon-5pm— “A Quilted Rebozo & Quilt Show” at Self Help Graphics & Art. TELAS de la Vida, a unique Latina quilting group, presents their first exhibit, showcasing over 30 handcrafted quilts and shawls reflecting Latino culture, a “Viewer’s Choice” Rebozo/Quilt competition, and a quilt and rebozo (shawl) raffle. Items will be on sale. Admission is free but donations accepted. Self Help Graphics is located at 1300 E First St., LA 90033. For more information, call Ida Leon Ramos at (626) 806-5512.

10am-9pm – Japanese Boys’ Day & Mexican’s Cinco de Mayo” at the Boyle Heights Certified Farmers Market. Experience two cultures and celebrations side-by-side at Mariachi Plaza, located at 1831 E. 1st St. LA 90033. Enjoy international & traditional foods from local restaurants, artisans, children’s activities  & live entertainment representing both cultures. For more information call Antonia Juarez at (323) 331-2752 or email arodjrz@gmail.com

12 Noon-4pm—Cinco de Mayo at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown L.A. See a colorful theatrical production about Cinco de Mayo & its significance as a part of American Civil War history. The production includes historically accurate music and costumes, and is presented by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) at UCLA. Teatro presentation at noon, 2pm special presentation with invited guests, and 3pm book signing with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 N. Main St, across the street from El Pueblo Historical Monument. For more information email ogcincodemayo@yahoo.com or call (310) 794-0663.

Wednesday, May 8

6-8pm—The East Los Angeles County Library Presents Mariachi Zapopan. Attend a free post Cinco de Mayo celebration. Sing along with perennial favorites Mariachi Zapopan as they play the most cherished traditional folk tunes. East Los Angeles Library is located 4837 E. Third St., LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.