Printer Friendly

CINCO DE MAYO FANS PARTY IN L.A.

Byline: Daily News

Tens of thousands Southern Californians gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday for the 14th annual Fiesta Broadway, traditionally marking the beginning of Cinco de Mayo in the Southland.

One of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the world, the free-admission concert and street festival featured a dazzling variety of Latin stars performing from six stages throughout the day.

From one stage at First Street and Broadway a dozen white-clad musicians with red vests belted out brassy Mexican favorites as thousands of Latinos crowded the bandstand.

The air was festive, and families were out in force to celebrate the Mexican holiday.

Down Broadway thousands more packed the craft, food and commercial vendors whose tents stretched for blocks in the heart of downtown.

``Very good time. I won something, a big gorilla, a monkey with two babies,'' said a beaming Fernando Rodriguez, 31, of Echo Park.

Rodriguez, with his wife, Ruby, and 2-year-old son Kimberly, had strolled the festival all day, past the cumbia dancing, past the carne asada steaks, past the legions of tacos, burritos and fresh fruit drinks.

``This is a special day for the Mexican people. I'm from Mexico, and it's a very special day,'' Rodriguez said.

Jorge Bueno, 28, of Studio City, had just done a gig with his mariachi band, following the release of his first album.

``Love the major artists,'' he said. ``I sing, so we came to promote our music and to celebrate the Mexican consumer in the U.S. It's an achievement with our huge buying base.''

Said his friend Socorro Galindo, 46, of North Hollywood: ``Lots of good food - carne asada, shrimp cocktails. I'm stuffed.''

Jorge Gallegos, 26, of North Hollywood said he loved the event.

``This is my second time,'' he said. ``It's a nice day, especially for families. They have games for little kids. They have all types of music, a big variety.''

One of the performers billed Sunday was Tito Puente Jr., performing Latin jazz at the JCPenney main stage.

The massive event produced by All Access Entertainment was held in the nation's largest Latino shopping and theater district along Broadway from First Street near City Hall on the north to Olympic Boulevard on the south.

Cinco de Mayo in English means Fifth of May and is a source of pride for Mexican-Americans, celebrating the victory of Mexicans over the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

There was tight security, including metal detectors, but police reported no problems.

Fiesta Broadway kicks off a series of special events in Southern California held from elementary schools to parks to Olvera Street and other tourist attractions such as Universal City and the Santa Monica Pier.

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATIONS

Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the victory of Mexico over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, will be celebrated throughout the Los Angeles region.

--On Friday, a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Arts Festival will be held at 2 p.m. at Primary Academy for Success School, 9075 Willis Ave., in Panorama City. The festival will feature photographs and artwork created by special-education students and general-education kindergartners at the school. The featured work will be sold as part of a schoolwide fund-raiser.

--On May 3-4, live music performances celebrating Cinco de Mayo will be held at the Santa Monica Pier. On May 3, David Haro will give a free performance at 2 p.m. along with Southland-based El Son de Pueblo and the Grupo la Rosa folkloric dancers. On May 4, the Pier's Sunday Concert Series will feature traditional mariachi music by a popular Southland group. For more information, call (310) 458-8901 or visit www.santamonicapier.org.

--On May 3, the Queen Mary will host an all-day Cinco de Mayo celebration from 10 a.m. to midnight throughout the ship. Festivities will include live entertainment, food and drinks, dancing, games and other amusements. The price is $15 for 12 years and older. Children 11 years and younger are admitted free. The price includes all Cinco de Mayo events as well as a self-guided tour of the Queen Mary and the Ghosts and Legends show. Tickets can be purchased at the Queen Mary on the day of the event. Parking is $8 per car. For more information, call (562) 435-3511.

--On May 3, a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Lake Los Angeles will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. at 170th Street East and Avenue O. A parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Lake Los Angeles Avenue and 170th Street East and will travel north to Avenue O. The festival will include Latin entertainment, folklorico dancing, mariachis, food and games for kids.

--On May 3-4, Universal CityWalk will celebrate Mexican arts, crafts, music and culture from noon to 9 p.m. each day. For more information, call (818) 622-4455 or visit www.citywalkhollywood.com.

--On May 5, Antelope Valley College in Lancaster will host a celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will feature live music and entertainment.

--On May 5, the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles will host a celebration in the Olvera Street plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will feature educational and cultural workshops as well as entertainment and bilingual historical information. For more information, contact Maria Garcia, assistant director of the institute at (213) 624-3660 or maria(at)mexicanculturalinstitute.org.

CAPTION(S):

4 photos, box

Photo:

(1 -- color) Broadway bustles on Sunday for the 14th annual Fiesta Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

(2 -- 4 -- color) Above, one of Los Tucanes de Tijuana performs on the Home Depot stage. Above right, Paz Trujill sports a large straw sombrero as she navigates through the crowd. At right, Issaiah Vaca, 11, of La Mirada relaxes in a traditional charro outfit.

Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer

Box:

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATIONS (see text)
COPYRIGHT 2003 Daily News
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 28, 2003
Words:985
Previous Article:MURDER ANNIVERSARY DEPUTY'S WIDOW SEEKS JUSTICE.
Next Article:PUBLIC FORUM LEARNED OUR LESSON.


Related Articles
FIESTA TIME! CINCO DE MAYO ARRIVES A BIT EARLY.
FIESTA FUN, EVERYONE; REGION CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO.
VIVA VARIETY; VALLEY'S CINCO DE MAYO EVENTS TAKE DIFFERENT FORMS.
SOUTHLAND FIESTAS SCHEDULED TO CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO.
80,000 MARK CINCO DE MAYO : SWIRL OF EVENTS CELEBRATE VICTORY, SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.
36 BLOCKS OF CINCO DE MAYO.
DOWNTOWN STREET FESTIVAL ATTRACTS ESTIMATED 500,000.
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATIONS.
PUBLIC FORUM WATER RATE HIKE.
KERRY TO SPEAK ON CINCO DE MAYO.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters