Cinco de Mayo

Klamath Falls, Oregon 

May 4, 2019

from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Colorful parade down

Main Street Klamath Falls

Festival in Veterans

Memorial Park

Meet us in downtown Klamath Falls for a fiesta that can’t be beat!

Since 2003 Lutheran Community Services’ Hispanic Advisory Board has organized the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Klamath Falls.  With its colorful parade down Main Street and festival in Veterans Memorial Park, this Cinco de Mayo fiesta has grown to be the largest of its kind in southern Oregon and northern California.  Our family-friendly event brings together people of all backgrounds to celebrate Hispanic music, dance, food and culture in a spirit of diversity and inclusion.

Help us congratulate the college-bound winner of the 2019 Cinco de Mayo Scholarship who will be crowned festival king or queen.

Enjoy live music, grab some tacos and other delicious fare from the food trucks, delight in our Latino youth dance troupe’s folkloric performance, jump into a soccer game, browse through the booths of our local vendors, and let your kids work their wiggles out at the many children’s activities.

The Hispanic Advisory Board would like to thank you for your valuable contribution to our Cinco de Mayo 2019 celebration.  This year’s parade and festival were a big success and would not have been possible without your amazing support.
 
We believe that our festival demonstrated to the people of the Klamath Basin that Hispanic people are strong not only in numbers, but also in traditions, spirit and generosity.  Through your support, our region witnessed how all people, no matter their country of origin, can come together to celebrate and support one another.
 
We hope you enjoyed the festivities as much as we did.  Again, a big thanks, and we look forward to seeing you next year for Cinco de Mayo 2020.  
 
Sincerely,
 
The Hispanic Advisory Board

 

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Program

Parade on Main Street culminating at Veterans Memorial Park

Festival at Veterans Memorial Park immediately following the parade 

2019 Schedule of Events

Please join us in downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon on May 4, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for our 16th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade down Main Street and Festival in Veterans Memorial Park.  Our family-friendly parade and fiesta are alcohol-free, drug-free and smoke-free.

 

 

11:00

 

  • Cinco de Mayo Parade down Main Street

 

 

11:30

 

  • Welcome

  • National Anthems

  • Presentation of Scholarship Winner Miss Cinco de Mayo

 

 

12:00

 

  • Performance by the Latino Youth Dancers

 

 

12:30

 

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

1:00

 

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

1:30

 

  • Parade Entry Contest Winner Announced

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

2:00

 

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

2:30

 

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

3:00

 

  • Performance by the Latino Youth Dancers

  • Youth Leadership Award Announced

 

 

3:30

 

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

4:00

 

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

4:30

 

  • Raffle Prize Giveaway

 

 

5:00

 

  • Fiesta concludes

Make a donation at our entrances to receive a raffle ticket for our prize giveaways.  

You must be present to win.  

Parade Contest

Cinco de Mayo Parade Entry Contest Rules

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Represents diversity and inclusion
    • Originality
    • Use of color

Final judging will take place during the parade. Judges’ decisions are final.

    1. Each entry must display the group’s name.
    2. All entries must be constructed so that spectators on both sides of the street can view them. This includes decorations and trim.
    3. Entries must be decorated for a family atmosphere.
    4. Any type of material may be used during construction so long as it does not violate any environmental standards or city/state/federal ordinances.
    5. Entries must not present a health or safety hazard to the contestants or the public.
    6. The completion of the entry and the area surrounding the entry must be cleaned up and neat by parade start time. At the end of the parade, participants are responsible for disposal of all entry materials.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 Parade Entry Contest, the Klamath Community College LGBTQA+ Club!

Participants

Parade and Vendors

Food

Antojitos Mexicanos

Tacos Los Koritas

Los 2 Koras
Chulas Tacos
Delicias Briceno
El Grullense
Tacos Ventura
Tacos a la Mexicana
Taqueria Jalisciense
Taqueria El Sombrero Loco
Panaderia Azteca
The Abominable Snowshack
Fruta Tapatia
Sahara Es Frutas
Sacred Heart
Mills Neighborhood Association Bake Sale

Camila’s Recuerdos (Fruit)

Origin

What does "Cinco de Mayo" mean?

It means “Fifth of May” in Spanish.

What is the origin and historical significance of Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. On this day the Mexican army unexpectedly overpowered the larger and better equipped French army which had occupied the city of Puebla, located in east-central Mexico. This symbolic victory, significant because the French army had not been defeated in almost 50 years, helped to unite the Mexican people and boost morale.

Is May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) Mexico's Independence Day?

No, Mexico’s independence from Spain was declared on September 16, 1810 with the Cry of Dolores spoken by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the central state of Guanajuato, initiating the War of Independence. Celebrated on September 16 every year, Independence Day is Mexico’s most important national holiday.

How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in Mexico?

Although Cinco de Mayo is celebrated widely in the United States as a symbol of Mexican-American culture, in Mexico the day receives much less recognition, commemorated primarily in the state of Puebla with a military parade and battle reenactments.

How did Cinco de Mayo become a day of celebration for Mexicans in the United States?

Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in California in 1863 by Mexican miners who were overjoyed to hear of the defeat of the French at Puebla. The day has been commemorated continuously in California since then, and the yearly celebration has spread throughout the United States and to other parts of the world. It has become a holiday centered on Hispanic culture, where everyone, regardless of heritage, can come together to celebrate Mexican dance, music, food and traditions.

Volunteers

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