The 14th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held Sunday at the Metroplex Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Rd., from 12 noon - 8 p.m.
The Cinco de Mayo observance is sponsored by the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
The fiesta features typical homemade foods from Mexico and Central America, arts and crafts exhibits, and games and entertainment for children. The event includes special activities for the entire family as well as useful services and product information. The Mexican Consulate will also be present with information and to answer questions.
Continuous live entertainment includes the Ballet Folclrico Reflejos de Mxico, the Mariachi "Amrica," followed by the Band F-5 and the Chicos Style from Dallas, performing norteo songs, a waltz-inflected folk music from south-of-the-border that is a mixture of polka, cumbia, tejano, and country music.
Music and dancing begins at noon and provides a true cultural event for all Central Arkansas residents. Several state and local dignitaries will attend to salute the growing Latino community of Central Arkansas.
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (Spanish for "Fifth of May") commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla 100 miles east of Mexico City, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General, Ignacio Zaragoza Segun.
The Battle was significant because while outnumbered almost two-to-one, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had known no defeat for almost 50 years and it would be the last time that an army from another continent invaded the Americas.
LULAC Council 750 Little Rock, a 501c (3) corporation, uses proceeds generated by the Cinco de Mayo celebration to award scholarships to Latino students, perform citizenship and voter registration drives and conduct youth leadership training programs. LULAC seeks to empower the Latino community at the local, state and national level through its seven councils chartered in Arkansas.
The organization involves and serves all Latinos and focuses heavily on education, civil rights, and employment. Over the past years, LULAC Council 750 Little Rock has awarded approximately $500,000 in college scholarships to over 190 students.
In order to increase proceeds and award more scholarships, this year admission will cost $10 per adult, and includes a $1 donation to the UALR Patricia Guardado Scholarship and a number for the raffle of great prizes. Children under 12 get in free.