Delavan celebrates Cinco de Mayo

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CSI Media staff | May 2, 2014

DELAVAN--Delavan will celebrate its 13th annual Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 3. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Tower Park, downtown Delavan. Enjoy the many arts and crafts vendors. Food vendors will feature many traditional Mexican foods.

All funds raised will go to next year's festival and a scholarship to be offered to a graduating student at Delavan-Darien High School this year.

This festival is not just for Delavan. All area communities are invited and encouraged to visit historic downtown Delavan during our Cinco de Mayo Fest. The DDBA invites the public to enjoy great food and music — be sure to wear your dancing shoes.

This year, the entertainment will open at 10 a.m. with DJ Tejano 7 followed by more live music at 11 a.m. featuring mariachi performers.

At noon, the Delavan Flying Dragons will perform, followed by the Ballet Folklorico Dancers Youth Group at 1 p.m.

Enter the jalapeņo eating contest from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. if  you dare.

It's back to the music with Los Hermanos Velas performing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a performance by Liz Duran. Rounding out the day's lineup is                  La Brissa De Veracruz.

Cinco de Mayo is a festival celebrated by many Mexican-Americans across the United States. It is a day of cultural pride that commemorates the unlikely victory of an outnumbered Mexican Army over the French occupying forces in the state of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is not the true independence day of Mexico, which is Sept. 16, but is a time for the community to celebrate.

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