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April 04 10:06 AM

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta set for downtown May 3

Award-winning event will feature live music, traditional dance performances, custom car show and more

The 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza.

The event, which is a project of the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), raises funds for academic scholarships benefiting Hispanic students throughout the Ark-La-Tex region.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta has become well-known as an unpredictable, irreverent good time, featuring events like the annual Chihuahua Challenge, live music, the Dream Werkz Custom Car Show, traditional Mexican dance troupes, food vendors and more.

Admission to the fiesta is free until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., there is a $5 admission fee.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

“We’re hoping that this will be the best-attended festival in Cinco de Mayo Fiesta history,” said Guillermo “Willie” Ortiz, event chairperson. “We’re looking to fill Festival Plaza with activity after activity.” A large group of traditional Mexican folk dancers, Alegre Ballet Folklorico, is traveling from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to participate in the local festival. This elaborately costumed folk dance troupe performs enormous dance showcases throughout the United States and Mexico. Alegre Ballet Folklorico is expected to take the stage at Festival Plaza around 1:30 p.m.

Traditional dances will take center stage in another program following Alegre Ballet Folklorico, which will present Aztec dancers in their ornately feathered costumes.

Another group of performers slated to take part in the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a salsa and merengue group from San Antonio called Colao. The group performs a high-energy blend of salsa, bachata and merengue music that has been a hit with local audiences. Live music is expected to begin at around 4 p.m.

For more information on the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, visit www.shreveportcincode mayo.com.

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