From the Downtown Delavan Business Association:
Delavan will be celebrating its 13th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 3.
This 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 a outnumbered Mexican Army over the French occupying forces in the state of Puebla May 5, 1862.
In the State of Puebla, it is known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla or the day of the battle of Puebla. It is not the true independence day of Mexico, which is September 16, but is a time to come together as a community and celebrate freedom and share our culture and traditions with everyone.
This year’s downtown Delavan festival in Tower Park is going to be a grand celebration! It will feature arts & crafts venders and food venders featuring many delicious traditional Mexican foods.
Here’s a schedule:
- 10 a.m. grand opening with DJ Tejano 7, followed by more live music.
- 11 a.m. Mariachi performers.
- noon, Delavan Flying Dragons will perform.
- 1 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Dancers Youth Group.
- 2 p.m. Jalapeño-eating contest.
- 3-5 p.m. Los Hermano’s Vela’s will perform.
- 5 p.m. Liz Duran performance followed by a performance by La Brissa D Veracruz.
- 8 p.m. close.
All funds raised will go to next year’s festival and a scholarship that is 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.
We invite you to enjoy great food, music and dancing; it is sure to be a memorable experience! We hope to see you there and do not forget to visit and shop the many local downtown businesses that help support this event.
Visit delavancincodemayo.com for more information on the festival.