Monterey Park's Mexican American population will celebrate the colorful holiday of "Cinco de Mayo" on Sunday, May 7 with Mariachi, dancers and singers at the Barnes Park Amphitheater. It will be the 35th year that the celebration has been offered here in a city that is typically known for it's Asian population and Asian cultural events.
A performance by the Balet Folklorica Esparanza Flores will kick off the celebration at 1 p.m. with dancers performing traditional Mexican music. Highlight of the afternoon will be songstress Lupita INfante, gradaughter of Mexican music and movie star Pedro Infante. For a copy of the celebration program please open this connection.
Jesus Ortiz, leader of the volunteer which organizes the annual event, emphasized that it will be free to all who wish to attend. Crowds normall exceed 1000 at the amphitheater. The committee is made up of volunters to organize the program, raise funds and work with the city staff for the logistics. Other committee members are Dolores Rillos, Doris Lau, Gloria Enriquez, Imelda Ortiz, Jesus ortiz, Maria Campos, Robert Flores, Theresa Amador, David Barron and Victoria Chavez.
In additiion to the enttertainment, there will be several food booths and information booths. Cinco de Mayo commemorates a military victory when Mexican forces defeated French invaders in a battle at the city of Puebla.