Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2001

De Soto prepares for Cinco de Mayo

May 3, 2001

Felix Brisero has eight words of advice for those planning to attend De Soto's Cinco de Mayo celebration.

"Skip the breakfast and be ready to eat," she said.

Brisero, chairman of the Cinco de Mayo committee, said 14 vendors will offer authentic Mexican food at this year's celebration, which actually falls on May 5. The holiday celebrates an 1862 victory of the Mexican Army over French troops bent on establishing a puppet regime in Mexico.

In addition to the food booths, five other vendors will offer other products from Mexico. The number of vendors indicates De Soto's celebration of Mexico's has become one of the largest in the metropolitan area in just its second year, Brisero said.

The local festival has added a number of new activities, Brisero said. Performances of Mexican folk dances by De Soto youngsters, selection of a festival princess from Lizbeth Florez, Viviana Amparan and Erika Corrillo and a horse show at the old football field.

Festivities will start with a parade at noon, Brisero said. The parade will start at the Community Center, travel west along 84th Street to Shawnee Street, turn north to 83rd Street, travel east to Osage before returning to the Community Center.

Admission is $1 to the Community Center events,; children 12 and under are admitted free.

Among the parade entries will be the Marching Cobras, a Kansas City, Mo., African American youth drill team, said Cinco de Mayo committee member Boots Linden. The Marching Cobras will perform again at 2 p.m. in the Community Center.

The rest of the day's activities will take place in and around the Community Center. Children will be entertained with games during the day, including the busting of pis at 2:30 p.m.

The day's activities will conclude with a dance with live music provided by a mariachi band from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

"I think it will be quite a bit bigger than last year," Brisero said. "More people know about it this year. People didn't know about it until they saw it on TV last year. They said they would have come if they heard about it."

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