May 4, 2001

Cinco de Mayo!

Events! Schedules! Programs!

New Vision for Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo 2001:
A Celebration of History, Art, commerce and Culture

Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego is considered the best in town, but this year's 18th annual Mobil Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo offers something special and new for families and kids alike - a fascinating celebration of our region's rich culture and history.

This year's event unveils the Old Town Mercado, an open-air venue modeled after a 9th century Mexican market place. Businesses, community groups and arts organizations will showcase interactive exhibits that trace the development of the region's culture and commerece.

"Through the Old Town Mercado, San Diego's history will come alive. It's a great way to promote the arts, culture and industries of California and San Diego," said event organizer Michael McLaughlin. "It's part of an exciting, new vision for this event."

The three-day party kicks off Friday night with salsa dancing and a performance by the Flamenco Ballet. A variety of ethnic cuisine will be available the entire weekend from the 33 Old Town restaurants and 13 select restaurants will offer 52 different "Fiesta Favorite" margaritas.

"We have three days of music and entertainment on eight stages, authentic Mexican food and margaritas, restaurant "party patios" with live entertainment and, of course, the re-enactment of the 1862 Battle of Puebla," said McLaughlin.

Just a few of this year's 2000 entertainers are: Jose Serrano & Quino, a Latin and salsa music group; Joselito, a contemporary Latin dance group that plays original hip hop and rap; the traditional Latin music group, Marachi Real; Familia Rojas, famous for their amazing rope tricks; and Escaramuzas Golondrinas, well-known authentic female equestrians.


Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo Mercado Highlights

Old Town Mexican Café Celebrating Mexican Cooking and Cuisine... Old Town Mexican Café celebrates its 21st year in San Diego with an exhibit of the authentic cooking methods popular in the early days of San Diego.

Mobil Celebration of Diversity... Mobil will create an exhibit tracking the history of oil and gas refining in California. The exhibit will highlight the role that the industry has played in the development of California into an industrial giant.

Pacific Bell Celebration of Communications... Pacific Bell and the California State Park will create an exhibit detailing the history of communications in San Diego and California.Visitors will will see and use original telegraph keys, and kids can try their creative hand at making an early-style phone book.

Jose Cuervo Celebrating 200 Years, The New World's 1st Liquor Brand... Jose Cuervo will celebrate a history that stretches back to the distillery's foundation on land granted to Jose Antonio de Cuervo from King Carlos IV of Spain. This exhibit will showcase the precious Agave plants and the harvesting and distilling techniques that yield one of the world's most popular liquor brands.

Additional interactive activities include: A chance for kids to churn butter, try to lasso a full-size wooden cow, see bread making demonstrations in traditional ovens and more.


Vista Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Salsa Contest

The Vista Townsite Community Partnership and Participating and members of the organizing committee will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Salsa Contest in Downtown Vista, on Saturday May 5. The celebration will address the rich cultural heritage of the Vista community.

The schedule of activities will appeal to all of Vista's vast community, including: a salsa making contest, live bands, children's events, food booths, salsa dancing, Little Miss Cinco de Mayo Contest, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine static display, a Lowrider show, a bazaar of crafts, folkloric dancers and mariachis.

These activities and many more will take place on Main Street in downtown Vista from 11 am to 4 p.m.


San Ysidro 5th de Mayo Festival

Telemundo, More-FM, El Latino, San Diego Factory Outlet and Over the Border invite you to this Saturday's 5th de Mayo Celebration. The event will take place at the San Diego Factory Outlets in San Ysidro from 12 noon to 5 pm., featuring artists: DAVIDE, Juliana Joy, Genero Humano, EMAUE, a Mariachi, and much, much more...

There will be a look alike contest of the most popular novela around the world "Betty La Fea."


The Republican Party Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

The Republican Party of San Diego County and The Hispanic Republican Association invite the community to a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Dia De Trabajo. The event is sponsored by Carlos Hussong and SAIC. A reception will be held Friday, May 4 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Chuey's Restaurant, 1894 Main Street, San Diego. There will be a $25 cover charge.


Easter Seals 9th Annual "Share a Taste of Life" Gala

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and

Support Local People with Disabilities

The Ninth Annual Easter Seals "Share a Taste for Life" gala takes place Saturday, May 5 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at the Del Mar Hilton, located at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., in Del Mar. Hosted by Anchor Artie Ojeda of KNSD News, this Cinco de Mayo fiesta will feature south-of-the-border cuisine, a sampling of fine wine and beers and entertainment by local folklorico dancers, Spanish guitarists and the San Marcos Mariachi Group.

Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple. Proceeds enable Easter Seals to continue creating solutions for local children and adults with disabilities.


Otay Mesa 5 de Mayo Fiesta

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites the community to their traditional 4 de Mayo Celebration, Friday, May 4th from 5 - 7 pm at Cafe Vallarta, 2335 Roll Drive, Suite 10-11, Otay Mesa. There will be a $10 cover charge.


Albertson's de Logan Heights Inicia La Celebración del Cinco De Mayo con Una Colecta de Médula Osea

El Supermercado Albertson's, con la ayuda del Centro de Donaciones de Célula Madre del Banco de Sangre de San Diego, inicia la celebración del Cinco de Mayo con una colecta de médula ósea en su ubicación, 1410 South 43rd Street, sábado y domingo, 5 y 6 de mayo, de 10 am - 4 pm.

Esta colecta beneficiará a pacientes locales como el niño Enrique Jaimes, de 1 año, quien necesita el transplante de células madres de aquellos que den médula ósea. Fuera de la familia inmediata, la probabilidad de una donación compatible viene de un donante de la misma raza o grupo étnico. Sin embargo, latinos y otra gente de color no están bien representados en el registro del Programa Nacional de Donantes de Médula Osea. Es por eso que es más difícil para estos pacientes encontrar donantes compatibles que les puedan salvar la vida.

Las festividades del Cinco de Mayo complementarán la colecta con antojitos, música, premios y la visita de la mascota Keebler Elf.


San Francisco Celebrates Latino Culture at Annual Cinco de Mayo Festivals

San Francisco celebrates The City's vibrant Latino culture with their annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 6.

The Cinco de Mayo Parade on Sunday, will begin at 10 a.m. at 24th and Bryant streets. Snaking through the heart of the Mission District, the parade will end at 20th and Harrison streets. Various colorful contingents and five beautiful floats will entertain spectators. Each year the parade commemorates a different region of Mexico and this year, Mexico City will be honored. Each handmade float will represent the culture of Mexico City, with colorful ornaments, dancers and musical bands.

Following the parade, there will be a Cinco de Mayo Festival at Civic Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a variety of international food, arts and crafts and entertainment. Three stages will feature mexican music, tropical music and hip-hop. There will also be the 6th Annual Lowrider Car Show with over 80 automobiles competing. A children's area will have free activities such as arts and crafts, games and rides. Admission is $5 for adults, 42 for seniors and free for children under age 10 if accompanied by an adult.

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