May 3, 2002

Cinco de Mayo

Calendar of Events

Cinco de Mayo Con Orgullo

The San Diego Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo Coalition celebrates the “First Annual Alcohol and Tabacco-Free Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival,” Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. San Diegans are welcome to come and enjoy this family celebration filled with great food, entertainment, resource booths, crafts and prizes. Admission is free and open to the public.

The festival will take place at Chicano Park–Barrio Logan. The Parade begins at Memorial Academy Junior High (2850 Logan Ave.) and ends at Chicano Park.

Renowned Hispanic Artists to Perform at “La Fiesta del Pueblo”

Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation’s Cinco de Mayo celebration “La Fiesta del Pueblo,” Sunday, May 5, 12 pm to 7m at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will feature appearances by K-Love and La Nueva radio announcers as well as innovative products and free samples from more than 20 different vendors! The Fairgrounds will glow when featured artists MDO, Grupo Amanecer and Dyango take the spotlight! And for those who adore the traditional sounds of Banda Mexicana, groups including El Coyote y Su Banda, Los Hurancanes del Norte, Los Cardenales de Nuevo León and Los Terrícolas! Admission is absolutely free!

Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration at St. Leo’s Head Start

Neighborhood House Association – North County Coastal Area Office is holding their 8th Annual Cinco de Mayo weekend Celebrations on Saturday, May 4th, from 11 am - 4 pm at St. Leo’s Head Start at 936 Genevieve Street in Solana Beach, admission is free.

There will be an assortment of cultural entertainment including Mariachi music, Folkloric dancers, Polynesian dancers and Martial Arts presentations. Head Start children from six centers will be entertaining performing.

Cinco in the Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Quarter will be hosting a rockin’ Cinco de Mayo party, Sunday, May 5th, 2 pm to 11 pm, 5th and Island Ave. It is described as the most loco Mexican Fiesta block party north of the border, featuring 7 bands including Los Straitjackets (Rock-a-Billy), Soluna (Latin Pop), Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs ( Tex-Mex Blues), Koko Loco (Jimmy Buffett Tribute), Private Domain (rock), Dueling Mariachi Bands, Ballet Folklorico, and D.J. Mark Thrasher.

Tickets are $8 in advance $10 day of the event.

19th Annual Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

Vibrant colors, exotic foods, salsa dancers, and a mercado that rivals the best in Latin America are just a few of the Latino traditions that will be brought to life at the 19th annual Mobil Old Town Fiesta Cinco De Mayo.

The free celebration will take place Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 in Old Town San Diego. Hours are Friday noon to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The event kicks off on the Bazaar del Mundo and Mobil Plaza stages in Old Town State Historic Park, with performances by mariachi bands and traditional dancers.

Also Friday evening, the Historic Old Town Community Foundation will host an 1850s style dinner party for event sponsors and the community leaders. The gala, which is also open to the public, will be catered by the Olympic Culinary Team and will feature classical and jazz Latin entertainment.

”This year’s Fiesta celebrates the cultures that have influenced California and San Diego for centuries,” said Irma Molina, executive director of the Historic Old Town Community Foundation. “It's also a great way for people and families to learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo and the Latino culture.”

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated each year by the Southwest United States and Mexico in commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, during which outnumbered Mexican forces defeated the French Army, setting the stage for Mexico’s eventual triumph over France.

Guests can experience the historic battle through live reenactments on Saturday and Sunday. Performers dressed in traditional clothing will take to the battlefield with bayonets and gunpowder, demonstrating the tremendous victory of the Mexican forces.

Party-goers will also enjoy Latin musical entertainers ranging from traditional salsa, to ethnic hip-hop and mariachis on five stages throughout the festival. Local community groups will also perform traditional Hispanic dance and theater.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation, which provides educational activities for San Diego’s elementary school children. Each year more than 15,000 students visit Old Town to learn about history, culture, and diversity in the birthplace of California.

Culture Clash, Michael Di Lorenzo & Dyana Ortelli to be Honored at California State Capitol

The California Latino Legislative Caucus will hold its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration honoring Latinos and their contributions to the advancement of the Hispanic community throughout the nation, on Monday, May 6, 2002, in Sacramento, at the State Capitol.

The ceremony will take place on the floor of the California State Assembly beginning at 11a.m.

There will be a reception on the Capitol West Steps, directly following the floor ceremony. In the field of entertainment, Latino entertainers Culture Clash, Michael Di Lorenzo, and Dyana Ortelli will be honored. More info, Lourdes Machado at (916)319-2031.

President Bush to Host Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the White House

The President will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House in the East Room on Friday, May 3rd.

The President will be joined by his top Hispanic appointees as well as Mexican singer Thalia, actress Marisol Nichols and of particular interest to San Diegans, Zeke Moreno from the San Diego Chargers and Erubiel Durazo from the Arizona Diamondbacks will also attend.

Baja California To Entertain

Cinco de Mayo Visitors With Special Events, Food Festivals and Bike Rides

BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico — The tourist-friendly communities of Baja California, Mexico, are hosting a variety of special events, seasonal festivals and recreational activities in May. These include the cities of:


Lobster & Chile Food Festival, May 5 — This gastronomic event celebrates lobster and chile peppers, a unique Mexican combination. Event will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hotel Calafia. Admission is $12 and includes a complete lobster dinner and beverages. For more information, call Hotel Calafia at 1-877-700-2093.

Mexican Food Festival, May 5– The world’s biggest enchilada will be on display during this year’s Mexican Food Festival at Festival Plaza Hotel on May 5. Families can enjoy great food, music, traditional folkloric dancers, mariachi bands and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 01152 (661) 612-0233 or 01152 (661) 612-0200.


Blooming Vines Fiesta, May 5– The Valle de Guadalupe vineyards are starting to bloom, marking the beginning of the harvest season. This annual celebration starts with a noon mass to bless the harvest, followed by food, entertainment and wine tasting. For more information, call 01152 (646) 178-5461 or 178-3038.


Cinco de Mayo Horse Races, May 5 — Visitors can experience real Mexican-style horse races at Rancho Agua Fria (10 km marker on the highway from Tecate to Mexicali) on May 5. Admission is $3, and children under 12 are free. For more information, call 01152 (665) 653-1782.

Ticket to Tecate Train Trip, May 11 & 25 — The San Diego Railroad Museum and Carrizo Gorge Railway present a one-day rail adventure trip from Campo, Calif., to Tecate on May 11 and 25. The train departs Campo at 10 a.m and passengers spend roughly four hours in the quaint border town of Tecate. Trains depart Tecate at 2 p.m. for the return trip. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children 2-12, and $100 for first-class seats. Included in the ticket price are free tours of the famous Tecate Brewery. Space is limited. For reservations, call The San Diego Railroad Museum at (619) 595-3030, ext. 3.

Annual Spring Montaña Grande Bike Ride, May 18 — Mountain bikers tackle 10- and 20-mile dirt road routes throughout the mountainous terrain of Tecate Rides begin at noon from the Hacienda Santa Veronica (near the town of El Hongo). Entry fee is $25; watching the event is free. For more information or to enter, call 01152 (661) 612-2525 or visit

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