Mexicans prepare to celebrate ‘5 de Mayo’
Mexican food and music, pony rides, a climbing wall, silent auction, vendors and a chili cook-off will all be part of this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities in Edwards.
The 7th Cinco de Mayo celebration kicks off Saturday morning at Edwards Plaza, and its organizers -the Edwards Business Association and Fiesta’s Mexican restaurant- said they expect about 5,000 people to attend.
“What is wonderful abut our celebration is that it has become what we envisioned,” said Debbie Marquez, owner of Fiesta’s and one of the organizers of the event. “It’s a celebration of cultures with all age groups and nationalities participating in the activities.”
The holiday of Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture, food, music and customs. It is more of a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated mostly in the state of Puebla.
But celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the states bordering Mexico and in parts of the United States that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage, such as Eagle County, where one fourth of the population is Hispanic or Latino.
Still, Marquez said, the holiday is celebrated more in some places in the Unites States than in Mexico.
“One of the reasons it’s celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico is because it was more of a U.S. victory,” she said. “The U.S. government was thrilled that the French were defeated on Cinco de Mayo because that meant they wouldn’t have to fight the French. The U.S. sent propaganda leaflets to the border states so it became a big celebration in the U.S. along the border.”
The celebration in Edwards, Marquez said, is pretty similar to the festivities in Mexico. Entertainment at the celebration in Edwards will include the Grupo Alba, Mariachi America de Jesus Diaz and the Ballet Folcloric Tesoro de Colorado.
“This is the most popular local celebration in the county other than the Fair and Rodeo,” Marquez said. “If we have good weather, I expect some 5,000 people.
The celebration also has been a success in bringing a diverse group of people together, she said.
“And it’s a huge family outing,” she added.
Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.