FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE DOWNTOWN DELAVAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION:
Delavan will be celebrating its 14th annual Cinco De Mayo Festival Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2. 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 an 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 16th, but is a time to come together as a community and celebrate freedom and share Mexican culture and traditions with everyone.
This year’s festival in Delavan’s downtown Tower Park is going to be a grand celebration. It will feature arts, crafts, and food venders featuring many delicious traditional Mexican foods. The festival kicks off this year on Friday May 1 with D.J. Avila Boys at 5 p.m. Adrian Avila hits the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Los Hermano’s Vela at 7 p.m. Friday’s events will end at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday’s entertainment will open at 10 a.m. with DJ Tejano Bad Boy Eddie Cruz followed by more live music at 11 a.m. featuring Mariachi performers. The Delavan Flying Dragons will present a Tae Kwon Do demonstration at noon. The dance group Los Chilangos will be featured at 1 p.m., followed by the Cinco de Mayo Queen crowning and the Jalapeño eating contest from 2 to 3 p.m. Conjunto TMV will entertain from 3-5 p.m. followed by a performance of Lizvette Duran, and later, Groupo Bien will take the stage. Saturday’s festivities will run from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. All funds raised will go to next year’s festival and a scholarship to be offered to a graduating Delavan-Darien High School senior.
This is a time not just for Delavan, but all area communities to visit historic downtown Delavan. Organizers invite you to enjoy great food, music and dancing; you are sure to have a memorable experience in downtown Delavan. While there, remember to visit and shop the many local downtown businesses that help support this event.