After a procession of 20 Latin flags, which will be put on display with informational cards about each country and their flag, El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil will begin the celebration with a performance on stage at 12pm. This student group combines traditional mariachi music and dance to create performances that have been seen all over the Midwest as well as nationally and internationally. Their mission is to increase awareness and preservation of the Hispanic cultural heritage and to enhance self-determination and confidence among residents in the Hispanic communities.
Around 2pm, the stage will transform back to the movie era when “Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla” shows on the big screen. This movie chronicles the bravery of a people pushed to the limit, fighting for their nation, their families and their pride. On May 5th, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world’s largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico. “Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla” chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men.
The final event of the celebration features the musical group Café Con Leche, with Denise Archer on Paraguayan harp, the national instrument of Paraguay. In the state of Veracruz, Mexico, the harp is the soul of folk music and dance. Miguel Espinosa will join Archer on Cuban Tres. Rene Meave, who helped organize this celebration, will emcee the event.
Come enjoy any or all of these FREE events. Cash bar will be available.