San Jacinto will be temporarily closing historic Main Street for most of the evening May 6 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, promoting the achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican background who live in the United States.
The Main Street businesses and vendors will be open during the celebration from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Many of the businesses along Main Street will offer goods, services and delicious foods from Mexico and America.
The street will echo with the sounds of mariachi bands and Native American bird songs while dancers swing in circles, clap their hands and enjoy the Baile Folklorico Musica of Mexico. Many of the colorful Escaramuzas dresses from Jalisco and other Mexican cities will be seen, along with men’s attire from sombreros to serapes all in the tradition of Mexico’s fiestas.
The Cinco de Mayo celebration, not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, commemorates the defeat of the French Army during the Battle of Puebla in Mexico May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican Army Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. The battle paved the way for the creation of Tejas or today’s Texas.
The San Jacinto Cinco de Mayo celebration is sponsored by San Jacinto Councilmember Crystal Ruiz, Mayor Pro Tem Alonzo Ledezma, Community Builders, city leaders and the San Jacinto downtown merchants.
It promises to be a day of fun, music, good food, vendors, dancing and more. Visitors are urged to bring chairs to observe the outdoor entertainment events. The celebration is free and open to the public.
“We have been very successful in the city the past couple of years and would like to add the Cinco de Mayo Celebration to Main Street to bring folks down to the business district,” Ruiz said.
There still may be openings for vendors at the Cinco de Mayo celebration. For more information, contact Jannas Joos at (818) 231-0932 or [email protected].