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Hispanic Chamber’s Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday

By Staff | Apr 28, 2010

Cinco de Mayo isn’t until next Wednesday, but the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is starting the celebration early.
Cape Coral’s Cinco De Mayo Festival returns Saturday, May 1, moving from the downtown location last year to Cultural Park this year.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Veronica Culbertson said the move was a practical one, cutting down on some of the necessary preparation for literally throwing a party in the streets.
“It’s so much easier in Cultural Park,” she said. “We don’t have to close the streets, don’t have to use barricade. Plus there’s grass in the park, so it won’t be as hot. It’s just more comfortable for everybody.”
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s defeat of the French armed forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Of course, here in America, the holiday has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico, where it is largely regional.
Last year’s inuagural Cinco de Mayo celebration hosted by the chamber was a huge success, according to Culbertson, and she expects this year to be the same.
This celebration of Hispanic heritage combines live music, food, arts, crafts, contests and good old-fashioned family fun.
Culbertson said this year’s entertainment includes performances by ex-Menudo member Lorenzo Duarte, Latin Jazz, Valarie Morales and Grupo Odas and Mariachis.
Culbertson said this year’s festival also includes an added infusion of Hispanic food.
“This year we do have more Hispanic food,” she said. “Last year we only had one Hispanic vendor, but this year we have more variety.”
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free as well.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Second Cinco De Mayo Festival is Saturday, May 1, 5-10 p.m., Cultural Park, 528 Cultural Park Blvd.

Hispanic Chamber’s Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday

By Staff | Apr 28, 2010

Cinco de Mayo isn’t until next Wednesday, but the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is starting the celebration early.
Cape Coral’s Cinco De Mayo Festival returns Saturday, May 1, moving from the downtown location last year to Cultural Park this year.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Veronica Culbertson said the move was a practical one, cutting down on some of the necessary preparation for literally throwing a party in the streets.
“It’s so much easier in Cultural Park,” she said. “We don’t have to close the streets, don’t have to use barricade. Plus there’s grass in the park, so it won’t be as hot. It’s just more comfortable for everybody.”
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s defeat of the French armed forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Of course, here in America, the holiday has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico, where it is largely regional.
Last year’s inuagural Cinco de Mayo celebration hosted by the chamber was a huge success, according to Culbertson, and she expects this year to be the same.
This celebration of Hispanic heritage combines live music, food, arts, crafts, contests and good old-fashioned family fun.
Culbertson said this year’s entertainment includes performances by ex-Menudo member Lorenzo Duarte, Latin Jazz, Valarie Morales and Grupo Odas and Mariachis.
Culbertson said this year’s festival also includes an added infusion of Hispanic food.
“This year we do have more Hispanic food,” she said. “Last year we only had one Hispanic vendor, but this year we have more variety.”
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free as well.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Second Cinco De Mayo Festival is Saturday, May 1, 5-10 p.m., Cultural Park, 528 Cultural Park Blvd.