May 5, 2000
Palomar College Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
San Marcos - On May 5, 1862, Mexico successfully defended itself against French forces in the city of Puebla.
Fast forward 138 years, and that victory is still being celebrated throughout Mexico and the United States. A student organization called M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudantil Chicano de Azlan) is sponsoring the annual festivities at Palomar College in San Marcos on Friday, May 5.
Diana Ortiz, M.E.Ch.A president, said that Cinco de Mayo activities at Palomar will begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome and music by harpist Jose Smith in the college's Student Union.
DJ Ricardo is also providing music for the celebration.
Beginning at 11 a.m., Grupo Azteca will perform ritual dances of the Aztec period, demonstrating historical and cultural traditions of the pre-Columbian period.
Yolanda Beniquez, a Palomar faculty member, choreographed performances of the Mexican Ballet La Fiesta Danzantes which begin at 1 p.m.
Between the music and dance performances, Palomar students and staff members will share their thoughts on this holiday.
The public is welcome to attend the celebration. There is no admission charge.
Cinco in the Gaslamp
Friday, May 5th
4:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Cinco in the Gaslamp Celebration will take place at 5th Avenue and Island Street. Fiesta goers can salsa around the World's Largest Sombrero while sipping on tasty margaritas.
Dance to the great sounds of Mariachis, Ballet Folklorico, Viva Santana, Clyde's Ride, b-Side Players, 80's All-Stars, Common Sense, and Hot Latin Funk. In addition, there will be jalapeno eating contests, cervesa specials, margaritas, taco carts, hot dogs wrapped in bacon, pinatas, carnival booths and more!
Tickets are $10 at the gate. You must be 21 years of age with proper I.D. Proceeds benefit Christies Place, a haven for women and children affected by AIDS.
A Celebration of Music, Culture, Film, Food and Fun at Fiesta Cinco de Mayo in Old Town
A spring celebration of a vibrant Mexican culture rooted in tradition and son will be in full bloom May 5-7 at Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo.
A sampling of the sights and sounds that will premeate historic Old Town:
Viva Santana, a tribute band performs classic Latin rock hits of Carlos Santan.
Quetzal, a Chicano folk rock ensemble blends Mexican roots with contemporary rock and Caribbean musical influences.
Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeno Band, a fusion of bilingual Mexican and American rhythms, blues and jazzy funk.
Mariachi Sol de America, a world-renowned Mariachi band.
Latin Holiday, one of three ethnic bands.
Escaramuzas Golondrinas, female equestrians following Mexican cowboy tradition will perform an exhibition show both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Heritage Park will present family fun with children's activities and entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.
Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo is free and open to the public.
Cinco de Mayo Barrio Logan Bicycle Grand Prix
The 4th Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix, one of the largest bicycling events in Southern California will take place Saturday, May 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Taking place on a fast-paced 8/10 mile "figure eight" course in Barrio Logan, the race will give spectators numerous vantage points in which to view the fast-paced action. There will also be a racing program for children from noon to 1 p.m.
The Grand Prix is being held in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo, with the benefits going to the Barrio Logan College Instiute (BLCI). The BLCI is a community-based partnership dedicated to the academic advancement of Barrio Logan Children.
To get to the race course take the Crosby Street exit off of Interstate 5 and start looking for the racing action.
"La Fiesta Del Pueblo" Celebrando El Cinco de Mayo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
K-Love 102.9 and La Nuevea 106.5 announce the Second Annual "Fiesta Del Pueblo" Celebrating Cinco De Mayo, Sunday May 7th from 12 pm. to 8 pm. The event is expected to attract more than 20,000 people to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a day full of entertainment. Leading performers of Pop and Mexican Regional Fairgrounds for a day full of entertainment. Leading performers of Pop and Mexican Regional Artists include: Son by Four, Alexs Syntek, Los Tiranos del Norte, Pancho Barraza and many more.
This free event will also feature Ballet Folklorico and the Traditional Mariachi, adding flavor to this special event.
Telemundo Invade Las Playas De La Isla South Padre Con La Celebración de Cinco de Mayo Más Grande del Mundo
La cadena de habla hispana Telemundo invade las playas de la Isla South Padre para la celebración de Cinco de Mayo más grande del mundo, capturando el emocionante espíritu y las coloridas tradiciones de la herencia cultural latina. Miles de aficionados de la música viajarán desde México, California, Texas y todo lo ancho de los Estados Unidos a esta pequeña isla en el Golfo de México para celebrar el Festival Cinco de Mayo 2000. El grandioso concierto y celebración de dos días será transmitido como un especial de dos horas el Domingo 7 de Mayo a las 9 p.m.
IVC Cinco de Mayo Latino Lit Fest
This year's inaugural Imperial Valley College Cinco de Mayo Latino Literary Festival will feature Los Delicados: Poetas del Sol, San Francisco's premiere Latino spoken word ensemble, as well as a reading from The Adventures of Don Chipote, or When Parrots Breast-feed (Arte Publico Press), the newly released novel translated from the Spanish by IVC English Instructor Ethriam Cash Brammer. IVC Students will also present on the significance of Cinco de Mayo.
Los Delicados: Founded in San Francisco, California, in November of 1996, Los Delicados: Poetas del Sol are made up of three performance poets: Darren J. de Leon, Paul S. Flores, Norman Zelaya and percussionist Jimmy Biala. Whether fusing rhythmic spoken word with percussion, or comic theater with live mural making, they are constantly developing new hybrid performances aimed at drawing Latino youth and progressive-minded audiences into the conscience of Latino artistic expression. Los Delicados have performed all over California, the Midwest, and Nuyorican Poets' Cafe with some of today's most renown poets and performers including Miguel Algarin, Quincy Troupe, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Teatro Campesino, and more.
The Adventures of Don Chipote, or When Parrots Breast-feed: With bawdy humor and razor-sharp insight, The Adventures of Don Chipote relates the hapless journey of the poor farmer Don Chipote de Jesus Maria Dominguez, who naively leaves behind his wife and children in Mexico to seek riches in the United Stateswhere, he is assured, one can sweep up gold dust off the streets and "suck the nectar from the tree of life." Daniel Venegas' novelfirst published in Los Angeles in 1928, and long lost to the publicportrays, with wit tempured by empathy, the harsher aspects of America during the fabled Jazz Age. The author's earthy satire is faithfully rendered by the translator Ethriam Cash Brammer.
Ethriam Cash Brammer: Ethriam is a Chicano poet and writer and a native of El Centro, California. He graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Creative Writing, then completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at San Francisco State University. Ethriam has published widely in magazines and journals, like The SF Bay Guardian and The America's Review. He has recently returned to the Imperial Valley to serve his native community as an English Instructor at Imperial Valley College.